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Right-hand Section of a Panel of Ornament / Separate Studies for the Decoration of a Panel of Ornament
Anonymous (Circle of Perino del Vaga)
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Anonymous (Circle of Perino del Vaga)

Right-hand Section of a Panel of Ornament / Separate Studies for the Decoration of a Panel of Ornament

Mid-XVIcentury. Wash, Pencil, Mauve ink, Grey-brown ink on paper Not on display

This drawing would appear to date from around the middle of the sixteenth century, since the style of ornament recalls that used by Perino del Vaga and his assistants in the decoration of the Sala Paolina in the Castel Sant´Angelo, Rome, commissioned by Paul III in 1545. During the Italian Renaissance period, there was a notable revival in ornamental decoration all´antica, otherwise known as grotesque. This had gained impetus following the discovery in Rome at the end of the fifteenth century of the ornamental decorations of the interiors of the underground rooms of the Domus Aurea of Nero, known as grotte. The fashion for covering empty surfaces with patterns that allowed the decorator to give full scope to his fantasy became widespread. Among the finest examples of classical grotesque ornament used as interior decoration in Rome at the beginning of the sixteenth century were those painted by Raphael and his pupils in the Vatican, in the stufetta (1516) of Cardinal Bernardo Bibbiena and the Vatican Logge (1518-1519). The element of whimsy is amply demonstrated in the present drawing that shows the right-hand section of such a panel of ornament. The design of the complete panel would have been achieved simply from a reversed tracing of the present drawing. On the left is one half of what must have been intended as a central candelabrum in the form of a female caryatid grasping one of the acanthus fronds in her hand. Scattered among the leaves are masks and hybrid creatures, the most conspicuous of which is the woman, apparently with antennae, standing on the back of the snail, plucking at the sterns of the leaves (Text drawn from Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 82).

Technical data

Inventory number
D001784
Author
Anonymous (Circle of Perino del Vaga)
Title
Right-hand Section of a Panel of Ornament / Separate Studies for the Decoration of a Panel of Ornament
Date
Mid-XVI century
Technique
Wash; Pencil; Mauve ink; Grey-brown ink
Support
Paper
Dimension
Height: 258 mm.; Width: 122 mm.
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos, V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 82, 349.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 82,349.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 107.

Exhibitions +

De Miguel Ángel a Annibale Carracci. Un siglo de Dibujos Italianos en el Museo del Prado
25.10.2008 - 26.07.2009

Un siglo de dibujos italianos en el Museo del Prado. De Miguel Ángel a Annibale Carracci
Madrid
23.11.2004 - 13.02.2005

Update date: 02-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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