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Neptune calming the waves; two horses drawing him along, figures in the water, one with a horn seen from behind, putti above and the wind at r
Brush drawing in grey-brown wash and blue bodycolour, heightened with white (partly oxidised), over black chalk
There are several pentimenti, especially in the sky. In the top left, amongst clouds, flying putti are lightly drawn in black chalk. To the right, Aeolus, the old bearded man holding a parchment, was first drawn with his right arm holding a cloud beneath his chest and with his right leg extended behind him. This idea of showing the figure full length was subsequently abandoned, his right arm being covered by a rock, from behind which he is seen to emerge, and his right leg by the dark cloud above him. Within this dark cloud the faces of two winds are also discernible. On the extreme right, the body of a descending wind, full length, drawn with his back to the spectator and with his left leg extended, has been almost entirely painted over with the blue bodycolour of the sky.
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Height: 276 millimetres
Width: 431 millimetres
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- Ann Sutherland Harris tentatively suggested that the drawing was by Camassei on account of a perceived similarity to a drawing in Darmstadt (AE 1716); it was included as his in Nessi's catalogue.
Lit.: A. Sutherland Harris, "A Contribution to Camassei Studies", 'The Art Bulletin', p. 67, note 50; N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 233; S. Nessi, 'Andrea Camassei: Un pittore del Seicento tra Roma e l'Umbria', Perugia, 2005, pp. 211-2.
At first sight the drawing does not seem characteristic of Mola. The vigorously applied brown wash is, however, reminiscent of the artist's favourite technique of pen and wash, and the facial features of some of the figures, for example the two nymphs on the extreme left and right respectively, also recall his types. The reminiscences of the work of the Cavaliere d'Arpino (1568-1640) and Pietro da Cortona (q.v.) are consistent with the possibility that this is an early drawing by Mola, probably dating from the 1630s.
Literature: Reveley, 1820, p. 101.
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