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The figure of Piacenza holding a key, beside the coat of arms of Paul III Farnese
Pen and grey ink and grey wash, heightened with white, squared for transfer, on buff paper
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Height: 314 millimetres
Width: 254 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The seated woman can be identified as a personification of Piacenza seated beside the Farnese arms of Pope Paul III. The drawing was likely made for a temporary decoration on the occasion of the investiture of the Pope in 1545 of his son Pierluigi Farnese as Duke of Parma and Piacenza. Giulio Bora linked the drawing to the meeting in 1543 between Paul III and Charles V at Bussetto, but neither the coat-of-arms of the emperor or Bussetto can be found in the drawing.
Lit.: N. Turner and M. Royalton-Kisch, in exhib. cat., Leningrad, The Hermitage and Moscow, Pushkin Museum, 'The Italian Renaissance', 1977, no. 23; N. Turner and M. Royalton-Kisch, in exhib. cat., Adelaide, Art Gallery of South Australia and Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, 'Leonardo, Michelangelo and the century of genius : master drawings from the British Museum', 1980, no. 23; G. Bora, 'Note Cremonesi II', "Paragone", 311, 1976, p. 53; N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'The Study of Italian Drawings: The Contribution of Philip Pouncey', 1994, no. 72
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 May-Jun, Hermitage, 'Italian Renaissance', no. 23
1977 Jul-Aug, Pushkin, Moscow, 'Italian Renaissance', no. 23
1985 Apr-Jul, Cremona, Comune de Cremona, 'Campi'
1990, Adelaide and Melbourne, no. 13
1994, BM, 'The Study of Italian Drawings', no. 72
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- Acquisition notes
- 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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