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Standing Soldiers with Lances and Shields
Alberti, Cherubino
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Alberti, Cherubino

Borgo San Sepolcro (Italy), 1553 - Rome (Italy), 1615

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Standing Soldiers with Lances and Shields

Late XVI century. Grey wash, Grey-brown wash, White lead, Pencil, Grey-brown ink on tinted paper.
Not on display

This impressive study typifies the lively, decorative style that was in vogue in Rome during the closing years of the sixteenth century and is associable with the movement generally referred to as Late Mannerism. The fluent lines and athletic forms that characterize these drawings owe their origin to the work of a number of Raphael´s followers, such as Perino del Vaga (1501-1547) and Polidoro da Caravaggio (c. 1499-c. 1543), and the principal exponent of this new graphic language was Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-1566), whose vivid imagination brought a new creative energy to drawing of the period. Faced with giving the Standing Soldiers an attribution, the owner rightly placed it within a late sixteenth-century Roman context, identifying it as the work of Taddeo´s younger brother Federico (1540/41-1609).

The style is not however especially Zuccaresque and seems more characteristic of the work of Cherubino Alberti. The attribution here proposed is made on stylistic grounds. A similarly lively and sinuous line is found in his drawing Pompey before the Censors in the British Museum, London, where the treatment of the soldiers with spears in the right background recalls some of the passages in the present sheet (inv. no. 1965-12-3-1: Gere and Pouncey, 1983, no. 10). Also characteristic of Cherubino´s work as a draftsman are the rather elongated, marionette-like figures.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.156

Technical data

Inventory number
Alberti, Cherubino
Standing Soldiers with Lances and Shields
Late XVI century
Grey wash; Grey-brown wash; White lead; Pencil; Grey-brown ink
Tinted paper
Height: 169 mm; Width: 127 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. 156, 205.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 156.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 2025.

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

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