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image Adam vol.26/121

Reference number

Adam vol.26/121

Purpose

Italy: Rome, Temple of Antoninus & Faustina. Unfinished record drawing of part of a frieze showing two griffins in profile each supporting an upraised paw on the decorated base of an adjacent urn.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed on the album leaf in twentieth-century hand Frieze Temple of Antoninus & Faustina

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash with white heightening on brown washed paper 172 x 783, two sheets joined

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist

Notes

This unfinished drawing of part of the frieze of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina in the Forum at Rome is probably from the east wall of the cella. Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) illustrated a variation of the frieze as in the Albani collection in his Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcophagi (Rome, 1778) (see also Adam vol.26/44).

Level

Drawing

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