- Museum number
Design for the decoration of the vaulting of the Steccata: three female figures, with vases on their heads, holding hands, with panels containing figures at l
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (oxidised)
Verso: Studies for the decoration of the vaulting of the Sleccata: a group of two figures (Venus and Cupid?), with a decorative arch
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash
- Production date
Height: 210 millimetres
Width: 178 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See P 125.
See Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, No.229.
Bambach, Chapman, Clayton & Goldner 2000
In comparison with the previous drawing the design elaborated in the present study is far closer to the finished composition. The 'canephori' (i.e. basket- or vase-bearing women) appear in the same position, and in approximately the same poses as those in the finished fresco. The central figure in the drawing is raised above her companions by placing her on a raised dais, an idea later rejected. The metamorphosis of these classically inspired women into Wise and Foolish Virgins has not yet occurred, and here they are simply large-scale decorative figures. The dense and predominantly figural decoration of the vault elaborated in 1918,0615.3, perhaps inspired by the fashionable antique-style painted façades of Roman palaces initiated by Polidoro da Caravaggio and Maturino in the early 1520s, is here replaced with a plainer and more measured design. Perhaps to compensate for this, Parmigianino's design on the left-hand side of the sheet for the underside of the lateral arch is much busier than that studied in 1918,0615.3, with small figures placed in oval niches supported by twisting putti.
Literature: Popham, BM, no. 126; Popham, Parm., no. 229.
Angelucci has dated this study and two further studies for the Steccata located in the Louvre (inv. 6467) and at Chatsworth (inv. 788 A) to the early years of the project (1533-35).
Laura Angelucci in exhib. cat., 'Parmigianino: Dessins du Louvre', Paris, 2015, No. 47
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000-1 Oct-Jan, BM, 'Drawings by Correggio and Parmigianino', No.104
2001 Feb-May, New York, Met Mus of Art, 'Drawings by Correggio and Parmigianino', No. 104
2003-4 Oct-Jan, Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, 'A Beautiful and Gracious Manner:...'
2004 Jan-April, New York, Frick Collection, 'A Beautiful and Gracious Manner:...'
2015 1 Oct - 2016 10 Jan, Rome, Musei Capital, Raphael, Parmigianino, Barocci, dialectics of the gaze and metaphors of vision
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- W. Gibson's price code "6.3"; J. Talman according to Richardson's inscription on the back of the former mount
- Prints and Drawings
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