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A design for a frieze with the Arms of Cardinal Rangone; two putti with a swan and lion
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on buff paper
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Height: 131 millimetres
Width: 351 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Probably for a palace façade.
Pouncey & Gere 1962
A design for a section of frieze, probably for a palace façade, showing at intervals the arms of Rangone impaled with those of Medici and surmounted by a cardinal's hat. The arms are those of Cardinal Ercole Rangone, and are given in this form by Onofrio Panvinio, 'Epitome Pontificum Romanorum', Venice, 1557, p. 382. It was not uncommon for cardinals who owed their elevation to the personal favour of a Pope to add the papal arms to their own. A swan is one of the Rangone supporters, and the shell held by the l.-hand putto is the principal charge on their shield; the lion on the r., and the two palle, are allusions to Leo X, who created Rangone a cardinal on 1 July 1517 in gratitude for the kindness shown to him by Rangone's mother when he was a prisoner after the battle of Ravenna in 1512. Rangone died during, or soon after, the sack of Rome (1527). Pp,2.96 is thus datable in the decade 1517 to 1527; and since it shows Peruzzi at a moment when he is very close to Giulio Romano (cf. in particular the l.-hand putto), and is also comparable with his studies in the Louvre (614 and 615, as Perino del Vaga) for two of the oval ceiling-paintings in the loggia of the Villa Madama, it is likely to date from the beginning rather than the end of this period.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002 June-Sep, Edinburgh, NG Scotland, 'Rubens and Italian Art'
2002 Sep-Dec, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gall, 'Rubens and Italian Art'
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- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed with Resta no: "K 159". T. Sadler according to one of the Richardson's inscriptions on the back of the modern mount.
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