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A nude man carrying another on his back, to front, after Parmigianino
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (oxidised)
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Height: 87 millimetres
Width: 55 millimetres (upper corners cut)
- Curator's comments
- See Popham 1967, nos. 173 - 216.
An attribution to Lucas Vorsterman is plausible. Pp,2.149 and Pp,2.150 are copied from a sheet of studies formerly in the Denon Colln, lithographed in Denon's Monuments (Weigel 5818).
Pp,2.149 and Pp,2.150 are copied from a sheet of studies formerly in the Denon Collection on which was also one of a woman holding a child above her head. The sheet was lithographed in Denon's 'Monuments' (Weigel 5818) and there is also an aquatint by Rosaspina of the three elements arranged in a different order (Weigel 5820). A chiaroscuro woodcut by Zanetti shows the group represented by Pp,2.150 with the addition of a burning city in the background to mark the subject as Aeneas carrying Anchises from the Sack of Troy (B. xii, p. 175, 35). A copy of the original of Pp,2.150 is at Windsor (0586; Popham, no. 622), together with one of a similar study of a man carrying a weight on his shoulders (0585 ; Popham, no. 621). The latter does not occur in the lithograph of the Denon sheet.
In his woodcuts Zanetti sometimes elaborates and 'improves' the original drawing, and the burning city in the background could well be his addition. There is no other evidence that Parmigianino ever contemplated a composition of the Sack of Troy. These studies are perhaps more likely to be connected with the so-called 'Christ healing the Sick' (see 1905,1110.19) which is reproduced on the same plate in Denon's 'Monuments'.
See also Pp,2.138.
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- Acquisition notes
- The source of drawings Popham 1967, nos. 173 to 216 was probably a small volume bought by Knight in the sale of Lord Spencer's Colln (Philipe, 18.vi.1811/880) coming from the Colbert's library.
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