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Scene from Inferno, with demons subduing the damned
Il Bastianino (Attributed to)
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Il Bastianino (Attributed to)

Ferrara, 1532 - Ferrara, 1602

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Scene from Inferno, with demons subduing the damned

Second half of the XVI century. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper. Not on display

Classified as anonymous in the collections of Brun (?) and Fernández Durán. The figures correspond, with differences, to those in the bottom right of Bastianino´s fresco of the Last Judgment, painted in 1577.80 in the apse of Ferrara Cathedral. The Ferrara Cathedral fresco, the painter´s masterpiece, shows the impact on Bastianino of Michelangelo´s paintings in the Sistine Chapel, which he saw on his visit to Rome in 1565. Indeed, the Ferrara Cathedral Last Judgment is an unashamed reinterpretation of Michelangelo´s prototype, with the subject conceived in more atmospheric and painterly terms.

The fact that the drawing is squared for transfer and there are several variations from the painted result suggests this could be an autograph preparatory study by the master. On the other hand, the Prado drawing does come close in handling to a group of pen-and-ink drawings from Bastianino´s studio, that came to light in an album preserved in the Castello Sforzesco, Milan, including some squared in black chalk and others connected with figures in the Ferrara Cathedral fresco. In spite of the variations from the corresponding in therefore here only tentatively attributed to the artist.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.215

Technical data

Inventory number
D001650
Author
Il Bastianino (Attributed to)
Title
Scene from Inferno, with demons subduing the damned
Date
Second half of the XVI century
Technique
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Support
Yellow paper
Dimension
Height: 165 mm.; Width: 210 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. 215.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 215.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 1813.

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Update date: 06-04-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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