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Angels sealing the foreheads of the children of Israel (Revelation 7), after Pietro da Cortona; figures kneeling, some in prayer, a woman standing holding up a child at r
Brush drawing in grey wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on two conjoined sheets of grey paper
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Height: 416 millimetres
Width: 722 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Watermark: encircled "IHS" (twice).
Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 384
Copy after the central and right-hand sections of a drawing by Pietro da Cortona in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Bean, 1979, no. 144). The Metropolitan drawing is a study for the mosaic decoration of the elliptical cupola in the first bay on the right of the nave of St Peter's, Rome, the design of which Cortona began in 1668, shortly before his death. According to a note on the back of the British Museum drawing, a similar copy of the Metropolitan drawing, by Antonio Domenico Gabbiani (1652-1726), is in the Biblioteca Marucelliana, Florence.
A note in the departmental register states that the British Museum drawing was in "A parcel containing unarranged purchases by the late W. Y. Ottley Esqr at a Sale of Prints at Wheatley June 20. 1835 laying in their Sale papers and registered accordingly of very trifling value". The drawing was part of lot 279: "Various Views Sketches etc. 26 [items]".
Literature: Merz, 1985, III, p. 148.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The drawing was part of Lot 279 'Various views sketches etc' in the Sloman sale containing 26 items.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1835,0711.206.1