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Drawing - Design for a pedimented niche

Design for a pedimented niche

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    late 16th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blue wash over black chalk, strengthened in places with pen and ink

  • Museum number:

    E.620-1922

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 191

Place of Origin

Rome (made)

Date

late 16th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Blue wash over black chalk, strengthened in places with pen and ink

Dimensions

Length: 321 mm, Width: 203 mm

Descriptive line

Drawing, design for a pedimented niche, containing a figure of St Catheine of Sienne; above, an alternting deisng for the pediment, Rome, late 16th century.

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

Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings Volume I. 14th-16th century, London, 1979, p. 221.

The text is as follows:

ROME: late 16th century

492

Design for a pedimented niche, containing
a figure of St Catherine of Sienna; above, an alternative design for the pediment Inscribed 'trenta' and numbered '30'
Blue wash over black chalk, strengthened in places with pen and ink
12 5/8 x 8 (321 x 203) E.620-1922

PROVENANCE Lord Amherst of Hackney (sale, Sotheby, 14 December 1921; bought by E. M. Meat yard and sold by him to the Museum)

By the same hand as no. 493 below. Both drawings are reminiscent of Perino del Vaga in the handling, but the advanced character of the architecture suggests a date well on into the second half of the 16th century. The animal reclining within the pediment in the alternative design appears to be a bear cub, perhaps the emblem of the family for which the design was made. The Orsini sometimes used the bear as a supporter: for examples see G. Falcidia's article on Benefial in Bolletino dei Musei Communali di Roma, II, 1964, nos. 1-4, p. 24, n. 11.

Materials

Blue wash; Black chalk; Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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