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Drawing - Allegorical figure of a woman
  • Allegorical figure of a woman
    Giovanni della Rovere
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Allegorical figure of a woman

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (drawn)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giovanni della Rovere (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash heightened with white on grey blue paper

  • Museum number:

    D.69-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 274

Place of Origin

Italy (drawn)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Giovanni della Rovere (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash heightened with white on grey blue paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed 'Spagnia'

Dimensions

Height: 242 mm, Width: 222 mm

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'Allegorical figure of a woman', by Giovanni Mauro Della Rovere, called il Fiammenghino, pen and ink and wash, Italy, 17th century

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

Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings. Volume Two. 17th-18th century, London, 1979, cat. no. 808, p. 85.

The following is the full text of the entry.

808
Allegorical figure of a woman Inscribed 'Spagnia'
Pen and ink and wash heightened with white on grey blue paper
9 ½ x 8 ¾ (242 x 222) D.69-1885
PROVENANCE Bought 1885

The woman wears a crown and a sword. With one hand she supports an armorial shield surmounted by a crown, and in the other she holds a sheaf of branches (apparently laurel or olive) bound with a scroll inscribed 'Hispanarum'; at her feet a sheep, a fawn, and a pair of shears. The coat of arms is hardly legible and bears little resemblance to the arms of Spain in the 16th century, though the inscription on the scroll, evidently written by the artist, suggests that the allegory represents Spain. The drawing was formerly attributed to Giovanni di Pietro, called Lo Spagna. The new attribution was made by Philip Pouncey. Compare a similar drawing of an allegorical figure in the Ambrosiana, Milan (cod. F.236 inf. no. 1526; E. S. Barelli, Disegni di maestri lombardi del primo seicento, Milan, 1959, pl. 78).

Materials

Pen and ink; Wash; Paper

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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