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A line of soldiers entering a city gate; two soldiers in the foreground, one pointing to right
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash
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Height: 136 millimetres
Width: 194 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A.E. Popham was the first to relate this drawing with Vasari's fresco showing the Florentine assault of Siena on the east wall of the Salone di Cinquecento in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. The finished composition differs significantly from the drawing, and the only similarities are the diagonal column of marching soldiers and the form of the gate and the bastion to the left. A more developed study by an artist in the circle of Vasari (Stradanus or Zucchi) evidently based on the present drawing is in Budapest (inv. 1981; see exhib. cat., 1998, no. 50). Noting the similiarities with the latter drawing, Härb has attributed the present sheet to Stradanus, adding further stylistic affinities with three of his sketches for the Sala Grande in Rome, in Berlin, Venice and Stuttgart; rejecting the link with the Palazzo Vecchio, he has instead suggested that this sheet, the Budapest one and another in that collection depicting the Battle of Marciano may be studies for a lost or unrealised series of tapestries designed by Stradanus depicting the History of Siena, documented to 1569-70, and probably made for the Sala Grande.
Lit.: L. Zentai, 'Sixteenth-Century Central Italian Drawings', exhib. cat., Budapest, 1998, under nos. 49-50, pp. 130-3, fig. 26 (BM drawing with incorrect registration number); F. Härb, ‘The Drawings of Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574)’, Rome, 2015, pp. 475-6.
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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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