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The sacrifice of Isaac; an angel touching the hand of Abraham, with drapery on a tree at r
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 382 millimetres
Width: 271 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 146; B. Py, 'Everhard Jabach Collectionneur (1618-1695), Les Dessins de l'Inventaire de 1695', Paris, 2001, no. 712, pp. 173-4
Gere & Pouncey 1983
The drawing corresponds so far as it goes, in the same direction and on a slightly larger scale, with Franco's etching B. xvi, p.118, 1. The main differences are that in the etching the composition is rectangular and ends just below the feet of the figures (in the drawing the shape of the lower part of the composition suggests that it was to be enclosed in some kind of octagon); there is a fire in the r foreground, more of the tree, and a thick cloud surrounding the angel; and Abraham's head is turned the other way so that he is looking upwards over his r. shoulder.
1946,0713.342 is a smaller, earlier sketch for the sarne composition, also in the same direction, containing the same elements in the same relative position but with more differences of detail (e.g. in the poses of Isaac and the angel, and the position of Abraham's legs).
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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.
Py suggests that this might be the drawing in the c. 1640 inventory of Paolo Coccapani (1584-1650) bishop of Reggio: 'Il Sacrificio d'Abramo, del Simoleo. D.O. 1/2' (G. Campori, 'Raccolta di cataloghi ed inventarii inediti di quadri, statue, disegni, bronzi, dorerie, smalti, medaglie, avorii, ecc. dal secolo XV al secolo XIX', Modena, 1870, p. 158
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