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Minerva descending with her aegis, surrounded by the Muses and Time; the figures below her seated on clouds, putti above; formerly in the 1637 album containing 279 miscellaneous drawings
Pen and brown ink, with grey wash, over black chalk
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Height: 420 millimetres
Width: 284 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Watermark: encircled fleur-de-lys over a mountain, with 'A' and 'N'.
Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 108
Classified as anonymous in the 1845 inventory of the Sloane Bequest, the drawing is attributed to various artists according to inscriptions in pencil on the old backing. According to Heinrich Bodmer, the drawing is by "[Marcantonio] Franceschini, Bolognese !!"; A. E. Popham placed it as "?English. Thomhill?"; while Konrad Oberhuber suggested a comparison with the work of the Venetian Francesco Fontebasso. According to a note in the Sloane inventory, dated 5 June 1972, the drawing was transferred to the unmounted works by Luigi Garzi at Philip Pouncey's suggestion; and, indeed, the style does seem close to Garzi's pen-and-wash drawings; compare especially the 'Marcus Curtius Leaping into the Abyss' (Sestieri, 1972, p. 107, fig. 21; Bean, 1979,110.217) and the 'Chariot of the Sun', formerly the collection of E.Viancini, Venice (Sestieri, 1984, p. 765, fig. 755).
The drawing is probably a design for a ceiling. There are faint indications in black chalk of semi-circular extrusions from the rectangular frame at the top and bottom of the sheet. Minerva descending with her aegis to protect the Arts and Sciences from Time is an appropriate subject for a decoration to be seen overhead.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: T,10.244