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Scenes from a Last Judgement
Attributed to Boscoli, Andrea
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Attributed to Boscoli, Andrea

Florence (?), 1560 - Rome, 1608

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Scenes from a Last Judgement

Last quarter of the XVI century. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Red chalk, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper.
Not on display

The composition of the Prado drawing requires some explanation because of the smallness of scale of the numerous figures in relation to the overall size of the paper. Above ground level, in the left-hand section of the design, saved souls awake from the dead. As they emerge from the earth, their skeletons grow flesh, and it is as perfectly formed humans, many with their heads and hands raised in wonderment, that they ascend the stairway in the clouds that leads them to Heaven, escorted by angels.

In the right-hand section, are the damned souls, with Satan, sporting bat-wings and wielding a spear, exercising crowd control. Together with his demons, Satan directs a procession of newly deceased into the gaping mouth of a monstrous head, which lies face upwards at the bottom right. In the top right, further demons set fire to a group of especially selected damned souls, while below ground other demons set about torturing the damned who have just entered from Hell´s mouth.

In spite of the cataclysmic subject matter, the mood of the composition is far from oppressive and is by no means as pessimistic as that of Michelangelo´s great Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel. Indeed, there seems little differentiation in demeanor between the figures on the left and those on the right, as if all the participants were attending a rather lavish Halloween party. The drawing has been carefully squared in red chalk for the transfer of the design to another surface, possibly for the painting of a small-scale work on canvas or copper.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.176,220

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Inventory number
Attributed to Boscoli, Andrea
Scenes from a Last Judgement
Last quarter of the XVI century
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Red chalk; Grey-brown ink
Yellow paper
Height: 295 mm; Width: 197 mm
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. 176, 220.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 176,220.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 705.

Inscriptions +

Filippo Napoletano
Inscribed in pen and brown ink. Back, lower central area

Michelangelo Bona Rota - 50 (mano posterior)
Back, Upper central area

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
23.11.2004 - 13.02.2005

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

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