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A scene from the life of Alexander the Great, a copy after Perino del Vaga, re-worked by Rubens; a group of classical figures standing around two rectangular sculptures with birds and grotesque masks in relief
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (mostly oxidised), on light brown prepared paper
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Height: 320 millimetres
Width: 219 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The drawing is a contemporary copy of one of the large monochrome frescoes in the Sala Paolina of Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. For a list of other copies see exhib. cat. Rome, II, 1981, under no. 92.
Lit.: P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Raphael and his circle', London, 1962, I, no. 195, II, pl. 163; F.M. Aliberti Gaudioso and E. Gaudioso, in exhib. cat., Rome, Castel Sant'Angelo, 'Gli affreschi di Paolo III a Castel Sant'Angelo', II, 1981, under no. 92, p. 145
Pouncey & Gere 1962
The drawing is a contemporary and close copy of one of the large monochrome frescoes in the Sala Paolina of the Castel Sant'Angelo (G. Briganti, 'Il Manierismo e Pellegrino Tibaldi', Rome, 1945, fig. 112), decorated by Perino and his assistants from 1545. A preparatory drawing by Perino for another of the Alexander scenes is in a private collection in London (repr. 'Burlington', cii (1960), p. 17).
Literature: A Brief. . . Description of a Collection of... Drawings.. .formed by... Mr. Mayor, 1874, no. 55, 1875, no. 88.
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- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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