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Object: La calomnie peinte par Apelles
Series: Recueil d'estampes d'après les plus beaux tableaux et d'après les plus beaux desseins qui sont en France
Series: Recueil Crozat
Series: Cabinet Crozat
The calumny of Apelles, after a drawing attributed on plate to Raphael: Calumny, preceded by a bearded man personifying Envy and followed by two women (Deceit and Malice?), hals a youth by the hair and brings him before a king with ass's ears, enthroned at left and surrounded by two female figures (Ignorance and Assumption?) who are whispering into his ears; on the right, an old woman personifying Remorse turns round as a naked woman, representing Truth, arrives; the print has been cut down the middle. c.1729/40
Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from one block, on etched lines
- Production date
- 1729-1740 (circa)
Height: 161 millimetres (cut; two plates joined together)
Width: 344 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From the 'Cabinet Crozat' set; see 1907,1121.14 for comment.
For a later edition, with the chiaroscuro replaced by aquatint, see 1855,0609.118.
The original drawing is not the one now kept in the Louvre (inv. 3876, recto). Cordellier & Py ('Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Département des Arts graphiques, Inventaire général des Dessins Italiens, V : Raphaël, son atelier, ses copistes', Paris, 1992, cat. No. 492) indicate that Crozat's drawing was acquired by Gouvernet in the 1741 sale and remained in this collection until 1775, while the Louvre drawing is attested in the d'Este collection in 1770. Catherine Monbeig-Goguel identifies Crozat's drawing with a sheet in the Uffizi (inv. 14775) which is annotated at the back with a comment inspired by the text accompanying the corresponding plate in the Recueil Crozat (see Monbeig-Goguel, 'Raphael dans les collections françaises', Paris, 1983-1984, cat. No.119, p.309).
See also Cristina Casoli in 'Innocente e calunniato: Federico Zuccaro e le vedette d'artista', Uffizi 2009, pp.244-7.
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