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A street scene, animated scene with many figures, several on crutches, buildings in background
Pen and brown ink, black chalk
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Height: 305 millimetres
Width: 217 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Label text from 2001 'Paper Assets' exhibition:
This was acquired for a modest sum from a London auction where it was discovered among a batch of anonymous drawings. The imaginative interpretation of classical architecture and the vivid characterisation of the figures are typical of Aspertini's eccentric style. Born in Bologna, the artist spent a number of years in Rome where he studied classical sculpture and architecture (the Department has two sketchbooks of this material). Aspertini was also deeply affected by the earthy realism of northern art. His highly individual interpretation of these two contrasting traditions is discernible in the present work, the grandeur of the classical buildings contrasting with the miserable poverty of the beggars who feature so prominently in the composition.
Lit.: H. Chapman, 'Three new drawings by Amico Aspertini, 1. The British Museum and the Royal Collection', "Apollo", March 2002, pp. 22-3, fig. 1; M. Faietti, 'La "linea a penna spiritosa" di Amico Aspertini', "Notizie da Palazzo Albani", 34-35, 2005-2006 , p. 76, n. 3; M. Danieli, in exh. cat., Bologna 'Amico Aspertini, artista bizzarro nell'età di Dürer e Raffaello', 2008, no. 115, p. 303
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 May-Sep BM, P&D, 'Paper Assets' (no cat.)
2019 Feb-Apr BM, P&D, 'Ottley Group' (no cat.)
- Acquisition date
- 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.
Lot description: " Circle of Peter Quast - A Pedler ". 2001-1-27-6 was part of this lot of eight other drawings by Dutch, French and Italian hands.
Donato Esposito has suggested that the drawing might be the one sold at Sotheby's, London, 25 April 1951, part of lot 2 as 'Amico Aspertini, a street scene with many beggars, pen and ink and wash'
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