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Drawing - Design for a mace
  • Design for a mace
    Cortona, Pietro da Pietro Berrettini Pietro de Cortona Pedro de Cortona Piero da Cortona Pierre da Cortone Pierre da Cortonne Pierre de Cortonne Pietra della Cortone Pitro da Cortona Pietro Bennettini, born 1596 - died 1669
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Design for a mace

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1625-69 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cortona, Pietro da Pietro Berrettini Pietro de Cortona Pedro de Cortona Piero da Cortona Pierre da Cortone Pierre da Cortonne Pierre de Cortonne Pietra della Cortone Pitro da Cortona Pietro Bennettini, born 1596 - died 1669 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash over black chalk

  • Museum number:

    D.1708-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LD, shelf 54

Physical description

Design for a mace decorated with a papal tiara and crossed keys, a bee and a Maltese cross. Inscribed in an old hand 'P. da Cortona' and in the upper margin '127'.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1625-69 (made)

Artist/maker

Cortona, Pietro da Pietro Berrettini Pietro de Cortona Pedro de Cortona Piero da Cortona Pierre da Cortone Pierre da Cortonne Pierre de Cortonne Pietra della Cortone Pitro da Cortona Pietro Bennettini, born 1596 - died 1669 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash over black chalk

Dimensions

Height: 412 mm, Width: 183 mm

Descriptive line

Design for a mace by Pietro Berretini da Cortona, decorated with a papal tiara and crossed keys, a bee and a Maltese cross. Italy, ca. 1625-69.

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

Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings, Volume Two: 17th-18th Century , London, 1979, p.42-43 , cat. n. 681, illus.

The following is the full text of the entry:

CORTONA, PIETRO DA Pietro Berretini
(1596-1669)
681
Design for a mace decorated with a papal tiara and crossed keys, a bee and a Maltese cross
Inscribed in an old hand 'P. da Cortona' and in the upper margin '127'
Pen and ink and wash over black chalk
16 1/4 x 7 1/4 (412 x 183) D.1708-1885
PROVENANCE Bought 1875
LITERATURE K. Noehles, 'Die Louvre-Projekte von Pietro da Cortona und Carlo Rainaldi' in ZeitschriJt fur Kunstgeschichte, 24, 1961, pp. 54 and 72, and fig. 14; Briganti, p. 306

Another drawing by Cortona, showing a similar design, is in the Uffizi (no. 578 Orn). The bee of the Barberini employed in conjunction with a Maltese cross suggests that the design was made for Cardinal Antonio Barberini the younger, nephew of Pope Urban VIII and Grand Prior of the Order of St John. Noehles (loc. cit.) dates the drawing in the early 1630s. Another design for a mace by the same hand is no. 682 below. The old numbers on the drawings show that they both belonged to the same album or series.

Materials

Pen and ink; Chalk

Techniques

Drawing; Wash

Subjects depicted

Papal; Maltese; Bees; Maces

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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