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Cherub, in half-length and three quarter view, at top; Venus and Mars kissing in a landscape, in full-length, observed by a cherub, at bottom, after Titian; leaf from van Dyck's Italian Sketchbook (containing 121 leaves)
Black chalk, worked over in pen and black in; pen and brown ink
Verso: head of a bold bearded man, looking upwards, seen in profile towards right, at top left; head of younger bearded man, looking downwards, in three-quarter view, at top right; head of bearded man, looking upwards, in profile, at bottom left; head of child, in profile, at bottom right
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 200 millimetres
Width: 157 millimetres (sight measurement)
- Curator's comments
- See Curatorial comment for BM 1957-12-14-207.1.
The recto Venus and Mars sketch is after a lost painting by Titian that Van Dyck might have seen in Genoa. A good replica by Titian and his workshop is now at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, inv.no.GG13.
The child's head at the bottom right of the verso is after Titian's fresco 'The miracle of St Anthony bringing speech to the newborn babe' in the Scuola del Santo, Padua.
Literature: Michael Jaffé, 'The Devonshire Collection of Northern European Drawings, A Complete Catalogue', vol.I, 2002, p.117; Jeremy Wood, 'Van Dyck and the Earl of Northumberland: Taste and Collecting in Stuart England', in Susan Barnes, 'Van Dyck 350' (Studies in the History of Art 46), proceedings of the 1991 symposium, Hanover, 1994, pp.281-324 (esp. pp.285-286, fig.5).
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- See Acquisition history in BM 1957-12-14-207.1 for further details of provenance.
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