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Drawing - Venus lamenting the death of Adonis
  • Venus lamenting the death of Adonis
    Berrettoni, Niccolò, born 1637 - died 1682
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Venus lamenting the death of Adonis

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1650 - 1682 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Berrettoni, Niccolò, born 1637 - died 1682 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and bistre, washed

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.208

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 111

Physical description

Venus lamenting the death of Adonis, whose body she has just discovered stretched on the ground and guarded by his dogs; An oblong oval; Pen and bistre, washed.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, drawn)

Date

ca.1650 - 1682 (made)

Artist/maker

Berrettoni, Niccolò, born 1637 - died 1682 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and bistre, washed

Dimensions

Height: 9.8 in, Width: 13.4 in

Descriptive line

Berrettoni, Niccolò; Venus lamenting the death of Adonis, whose body she has just discovered stretched on the ground and guarded by his dogs; An oblong oval; Pen and bistre, washed; Italian; ca.1650 - 1682.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings, Volume Two: 17th-18th Century , London, 1979, pp.24-25, cat. n. 634, illus.

The following is the full text of the entry:

BERRETONI, NICCOLO (1637-82)

634
Venus lamenting the death of Adonis Dyce 208
Inscribed on the mount in John Barnard’s hand ‘N. Berretoni’; on the back in the same hand a quotation from Ovid and the number ‘350’
Pen and ink and wash
Within an oval 99 5/8 x 13 3/8 (245 x 339)

PROVENANCE J. Barnard (Lugt 1419 and 1420); W. Roscoe (sale, Winstanley, Liverpool, 25 September 1816, lot 217); W. Esdaile (Lugt 2617; sale Christie's, 19 June 1840, lot 324); Dyce Bequest 1869
LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 208 (as by Berretoni)

The attribution recorded by Barnard is uncertain. Little is known about Berretoni's drawings. The drawing shows a strong influence of Maratta, whose pupil Berretoni was. See the drawings by Berretoni at Diisseldorf in Budde, 1930, pl, 41, no. 286, and in the exhibition catalogue Meisterzeichnungen der Sammlung Lambert Krahe, Diisseldorf (Kunstmuseum), 1969-70, pl. 78, no. 93. See also pl. 49, no. 92 in the same catalogue and the two drawings reproduced in Anthony Clark, 'Lost frescoes by Berretoni' in the Connoisseur, 148, 1961, pp. 190-93.

Materials

Pen; Bistre

Techniques

Drawing; Wash technique

Subjects depicted

Dogs; Death

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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