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Fountain with Hercules striking Cacus with his club / Study for a fountain and design for a pilaster and capital
Giambologna (Giovanni da Bologna) (Attributed to)
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Giambologna (Giovanni da Bologna) (Attributed to)

Douai (France), 1529 - Florence (Italy), 1608

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Fountain with Hercules striking Cacus with his club / Study for a fountain and design for a pilaster and capital

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

In its coarse execution and cursory simplification of the anatomy of the figures, this drawing is not dissimilar to the handling found in a small group of pen-and-ink drawings generally accepted as by Giambologna. A number of these were included in the exhibition Il Primato del Disegno, held in Florence in 1980. Especially similar in conception is a drawing in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, for Giambologna´s Fountain of Neptune in the Gran Vasca dell´Isolotto in the Boboli Gardens, Florence, datable around 1575.

This is a good drawing, very possibly by the maser himself, reflecting the milieu of Florentine sculpture in the second half of the sixteenth century.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.303

Technical data

Inventory number
D001842
Author
Giambologna (Giovanni da Bologna) (Attributed to)
Title
Fountain with Hercules striking Cacus with his club / Study for a fountain and design for a pilaster and capital
Date
XVI century
Technique
Pencil; Grey-brown ink
Support
Paper
Dimension
Height: 143 mm; Width: 100 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. 303.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 303.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 875.

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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