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Drawing

Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500-1560 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Baccio Bandinelli, born 1488 - died 1560 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and bistre

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.161

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 34

Physical description

An Allegory; A cave with the skeleton of a large animal secured by bands of leather to the branches of trees, and human figures; Pen and bistre.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, drawn)

Date

ca. 1500-1560 (made)

Artist/maker

Baccio Bandinelli, born 1488 - died 1560 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and bistre

Dimensions

Height: 9.9 in, Width: 15.4 in

Descriptive line

Master of the Victoria and Albert Museum Diableries, formerly attributed to Baccio Bandinelli; An Allegory; A cave with the skeleton of a large animal secured by bands of leather to the branches of trees, and human figures; Pen and bistre; Italian; ca. 1500-1560

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 I. 14th-16th century, London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1979, pp. 229-230.

The text is as follows:

SCHOOL UNKNOWN:
mid 16th century

519

A frieze of figures apparently taking part in a witches’ abbath, together with the skeletons of two or more learge monsters
Reed pen and ink
10 x 14 ¾ (254 x 374) Dyce 161

PROVENANCE Dyce Bequest 1869

LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 161 (as by Baccio Bandinelli); F. G. Schab, The Woodner Collection I. A selction of old master drawings before 1700, New Ork, 1971, under catalogue no. 16.

The drawing is not by Bandinelli; but thought it has been much discussed (orally rather than in print), no other convincing attribution has been proposed: nor is it easy to assign the drawing to a particular school. The anonymous artist is sometimes known as the Master of the Victoria and Albert Museum Diableries. There are other similar drawings by him, showing the same macabre taste, notable no. 520 in this catalogue; 1955-7-22-2 in the British Museum; a sheet in the collection of Mr Janos Scholz, New York; and another in the collection of Mr Iam Woodner, New York (illustrated under no. 16 in the Catalogue quoted). A witches’ Sabbath, somewhat similar to the scenes shown in our two drawings, is the theme of a well-known engravcing, known as Lo Stregozzo, by Marcantonio Raimondi, Paris, 1888, p. 204, no. 175). There, too, the skeleton of a monster takes part in the action.

Materials

Pen; Paper; Bistre

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Figures (representations); Trees; Skeleton; Cave

Categories

Drawings; Tiles; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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