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Three sleeping putti, at top, after sixteenth-century Italian sculpture; Annunciation, at bottom; after Titian; leaf from the Italian Sketchbook (containing 121 leaves)
Pen and brown ink
Verso: an Oriental woman, a courtesan, veiled and seen from the front, in top left; a woman wearing a veil, full-length in profile view, in top right; a gipsy woman wearing a veil, half-length seen from the front, in bottom left; a water-carrier, full-length in profile to the right, in bottom centre; a gondolier rowing, three-quarter length seen from the back, in lower right
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 199 millimetres
Width: 154 millimetres (sight measurement)
- Curator's comments
- The recto drawing of sleeping infants, perhaps an Allegory of Sleep, is inspired by a late 16th or early 17th century marble sculptures known through at least two versions now at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence and the Galleria Borghese (we are grateful to David Ekserdjian in an email of October 2020 for pointing out the latter). The Borghese sculpture was acquired by Giovanni Battista Borghese who died in 1609 so the sculpture must predate that date. The sculptor responsible for the group is so far unknown.
The bottom recto drawing is after Titian's painting in San Rocco, Venice; H.E. Wethey, 'The Paintings of Titian, I, The Religious Paintings', London, 1969, no.9.
Elizabeth McGrath suggests that the sketches of Venetian figures on the verso must have been done from life, and labels may have been influenced by the terminology of costume books.
Literature: David Jaffé, 'New thoughts on Van Dyck's Italian sketchbook', in Burlington Magazine 143 (2001), p.619 (fig. 22); Elizabeth McGrath, 'Una striga in Palermo: a Sicilian document from the Italian Sketchbook', in Hans Vlieghe (ed.), "Van Dyck 1599-1999: conjectures and refutations", Turnhout, 2001, p.44.
- 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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