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The Vestal Tuccia proving her innocence, after Polidoro; woman in classical dress holding a sieve of water, before a classical building; formerly in the 1637 album containing 279 miscellaneous drawings
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk
- Production date
Height: 400 millimetres
Width: 290 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Copy after a lost fresco on the façade of a house near St. Agata, Rome.
Lit: J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 374
Gere & Pouncey 1983
Tuccia was a Vestal Virgin who proved her chastity by carrying a sieve full of water. We agree with Popham's annotation that the drawing is closer to Polidoro than to Giulio Romano: apropos of another copy of the same figure at Windsor (his no. 704; also repr. L. Ravelli, 'Polidoro Caldara da Caravaggio', Bergamo, 1978, no. 377), he suggested that the original was part of the decoration of a façade by Polidoro described by Vasari (v, p. 146) as being "in Montecavallo, vicino a Sant'Agata", on which this subject was represented.
SL,5214.260 differs from the Windsor copy in showing an elaborate architectural background.
- Not on display
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- Prints and Drawings
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: T,10.260