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Venus seated in her chariot, looking down; two putti wrestling on the right, a putto holding two swans and another putto dressing as Mars on the left, another figure behind; in an oval.
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on blue paper
Verso: Studies for a composition of Jacob's dream
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised)
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Height: 157 millimetres
Width: 226 millimetres (four corners cut)
- Curator's comments
- The link between the verso and the Stanza dei Sogni has been accepted by De Grazia and Ekserdjian, who notes how the pose of Jacob in the drawing was repurposed for the 'Dream of Joseph' in the same vault. None of the studies of angels were used in the cycle. For print by Arthur Pond after this drawing in reverse, see 1874,0808.226; 1982,U.3891; W,2.184; 1936,1116.2126.11; 1977,U.443.
Lit.: Diane DeGrazia, 'Bertoia, Mirola and the Farnese Court', 1991, p. 78 [P4], p. 117 [D26]; D. Ekserdjian, in 'La Maniera Emiliana: Bertoja, Mirola, da Parma alle corti d'Europa', exh. cat., Labirinto della Masone, Fontanellato, 2019, p. 183, no. 57.
The attribution to Bertoja is supported by the probable connection of the studies on the verso with the fresco in the Sala dei Sogni at Caprarola, which there is reason to believe was decorated by him. Signora Quintavalle accepts the attribution, but I cannot follow her when she states that the "grafia" of the drawing is the same as that of a drawing in the Uffizi representing the 'Death of Orpheus' (her fig. 35), supposed by her to be a study for the central (lost) part of the ceiling of the Sala di Orfeo in the Palazzo del Giardino. The Uffizi drawing is in fact an old copy of one certainly by Parmigianino in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Her statement that the group on the l. of the verso is connected with the fresco of 'Elijah fed by the Angel' at Caprarola (her pl. xiiib) is equally open to doubt : it could as well be explained as an alternative study for 'Jacob's Dream'.
Literature: Quintavalle, Bertoja, p. 53
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 May-Jun, Hermitage, 'Italian Renaissance', no. 10
1977 Jul-Aug, Pushkin, Moscow, 'Italian Renaissance', no. 10
1980, Adelaide and Melbourne, no. 9
2019 Mar-May, Italy, Fontanellato, Labirinto della Masone, Bertoja-Mirola
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- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed on verso: "Apud A P". Inscribed by Barnard on verso, in pen and brown ink: "J:B: No.304 9 by 6 1/4 1736"
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