Putti with vines and a cornucopia, a sphinx to the right: Design for a wall decoration
with initials 'J-R', and with indications of scale
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, squared in black chalk, the lower right corner made up
10 5/8 x 16 1/8 in. (268 x 412 mm.)
Artist or Maker
Giulio Pippi, called Giulio Romano (Rome 1499-1546)
F. Hartt, Giulio Romano, New Haven, 1958, no. 317, fig. 352 (mistakenly as in the Ambrosiana).
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Frederick Hartt compared the present drawing to Giulio's projects for the Sala di Psiche in the Palazzo del Te, Mantua, of about 1528, and for the Sala dei Cavalli in the Palazzo Ducale in the same city, of about 1536 (F. Hartt, op. cit., p. 226). Professor Hartt noted that the decorative vocabulary of the drawing is characteristic of Giulio's ornamental style, suggesting that the drawing may be placed among a group of drawings also connected with projects in Mantua, and of similar date, in the Scherer Collection, Zurich, the Louvre, an untraced collection, and at Chatsworth (F. Hartt, op. cit., nos. 218 and 314-316).
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