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Drawing - Elevation of the west facade of San Petronio, Bologna
  • Elevation of the west facade of San Petronio, Bologna
    Soane, John
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Elevation of the west facade of San Petronio, Bologna

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Bologna (made)

  • Date:

    1779 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Soane, John (Sir), born 1753 - died 1837 (artist)
    Romano, Giulio , born 1499 - died 1546 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and sepia ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    3436:236

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 152

The elevation of the west façade of San Petronio in Bologna was completed by John Soane during his scholarship in Italy between 1778 and 1780. Just as his predecessors abroad, Soane sought material which he might eventually publish upon his return to England and establish himself before the public as a widely travelled architect. Although the project did not materialise, Soane's preliminary drawings for it survive and one such scheme involved the Italian renaissance and baroque architectural projects for the church of San Petronio. The idea of a publication along these lines originated from Tommaso Temanza's life of Palladio contained in a series of brief biographies entitled Vite dei piùcelebri architetti e scultori Veneziani (Venice, 1778). On the basis of what Soane had read or had heard by word of mouth he knew what to expect and at the archives of San Petronio when he arrived there around the end of September 1779. Soane was set to trace nine of the San Petronio drawings; three by Palladio, and the rest divided up between the various projects of Baldassare Peruzzi, Giulio Romano, Vignola and Girolamo Rainaldi. This copy after Giulio is the largest most impressive of the group.

Physical description

Drawing showing the elevation of the west façade of the church of San Petronio, Bologna, Italy.

Place of Origin

Bologna (made)

Date

1779 (made)

Artist/maker

Soane, John (Sir), born 1753 - died 1837 (artist)
Romano, Giulio , born 1499 - died 1546 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and sepia ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

di Julio Romano, et di Christoforo Lombardo/Architetto del Duomo di Milano alt piedi 104/a sketch of this size
Inscribed on left in pencil (in Soane's hand).

A facsimile of Giulio Romano's signature and MDXLVI
Inscribed on lower left in ink

Dimensions

Height: 32.7 cm, Length: 46.2 cm

Object history note

This object was once part of an album of designs by various architects, artists and designers collected by the architect Charles James Richardson, and was bought from him by the Museum in 1863.

Descriptive line

Elevation of the west façade of San Petronio, Bologna by Sir John Soane (a copy of a design by Giulio Romano), 1779; pencil, pen and sepia ink on paper; the Richardson Collection

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

Wittkower, R. Gothic vs Classic. Architectural Projects in Seventeenth-Century Italy, New York, 1974
du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. ‘Soane and Hardwick in Rome: A Neo-Classical Partnership’, Architectural History, 15, (1972), pp. 51-67
du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. John Soane: The Making of an Architect, Chicago, 1982, pp. 164-165
du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. Sir John Soane: Catalogues of Archaeological Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1985, p. 27 (Catalogue entry 1)

Production Note

A copy of a design by Giulio Romano

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Sepia

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Façade; Church

Categories

Drawings; Architecture; Designs

Production Type

Copy

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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