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Design for an elaborate tomb
Attributed to Cellini, Benvenuto
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Attributed to Cellini, Benvenuto

Florencia, 1500 - Florencia, 1571

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Design for an elaborate tomb

XVI century. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on brown paper.
Not on display

The attribution to Cellini was evidently maintained while the drawing was in Brun´s (?) collection, and afterwards in that of Fernández Durán. The bust of the bearded man in the oval niche within the aedicule at the top of the monument holds the key to the identification of the individual commemorated. Also memorialized in the tomb are two women, busts of whom appear below in the oval niches to the left and right respectively. Three female allegories occupy the niches in the middle register. The panels in the center and left are inscribed epitaphio, to indicate where the inscriptions were to be placed. Although Cellini´s authorship is surely fanciful, the drawing does seem to reflect an invention from Florentine sixteenth-century.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.292

Technical data

Inventory number
D001853
Author
Attributed to Cellini, Benvenuto
Title
Design for an elaborate tomb
Date
XVI century
Technique
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Support
Brown paper
Dimension
Height: 295 mm; Width: 182 mm
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 292.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 292.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 375.

Update date: 27-01-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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