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image Adam vol.26/158

Reference number

Adam vol.26/158

Purpose

Record drawing of a patera showing a face in high relief with blind eyes and collar, within an oval frame of radiating acanthus leaves with a leaf border. Adjacent are details of part of a whip, and part-profile of the plate.

Aspect

Detail

Inscribed

Inscribed in chalk L

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Red chalk 395 x 561

Hand

Nicolas-François-David Lhuiller (attributed to)

Notes

The plate and whip are sacrifical details from a temple relief, possibly taken from a patera in the frieze of the remains of the Temple of Jupiter Tonans (Vespasian) in the Roman Forum, which shows both (see G.L. Taylor & E. Cresy, The Architectural Antiquities of Rome, 2 vols., London, 1821, vol.II, p.18). Adam vol.26/85 shows a similar sacrificial relief including both whip and decorated circular plate. There are additional frieze reliefs of such subjects in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome (see P. Bober and R. Rubinstein, Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture, Oxford, 1986, p.226).

Level

Drawing

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