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Giulio Romano (1499 - 1546)

Lot 45: f - GIULIO PIPPI, CALLED GIULIO ROMANO ROME 1499? - 1546 MANTUA

Sotheby's

July 5, 2006
London, United Kingdom

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Description

PAN

measurements note
218 by 87mm

pen and brown ink over stylus

PROVENANCE

Sir Peter Lely (L.2092);
John Clerk, Lord Eldin, his sale, Edinburgh, Winstanley and Sons, 14-29 March 1833, lot 322, for 1 guinea;
purchased at the sale by Sir Archibald Campbell, 2nd Baronet of Succoth;
by inheritance to Sir Ilay Campbell, Bt., by whom sold (anonymously), London, Christie's, 26 March 1974, lot 56, reproduced plate 23;
purchased at the sale by a private collector, Bel Air, California

NOTE

This study of Pan could relate to the same decorative scheme as two other studies of similar size and technique, representing a male and a female satyr, formerly in the Ellesmere Collection (sold, London, Sotheby's, 5 December 1972, lots 44-45). Though identified in the Ellesmere sale catalogue as studies for the Sala dei Fauni, in Palazzo Te, Mantua, those two drawings are in fact connected with the over life-size stucco decorations that now form part of the lower frieze in the Camera delle Cariatidi, one of the rooms of the Palazzo's Appartamento dei Giganti. This was not, however, the original location of these stucco figures, which are known to have been brought in from the Palazzo Ducale when the Camera delle Cariatidi was extensively redecorated in the 18th century (see Giulio Romano, exhibition catalogue, Mantua, Palazzo Te, 1989, p.366 and illustration on p.371). Precisely where they were originally located, and whether or not that decorative scheme also contained another figure based on the present drawing, remains at present unclear.

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