Girolamo SELLARI known as Girolamo da CARPI (Ferrara, 1501 - 1556)
Studies from an ancient sarcophagus
Studies of antique sculptures
This drawing is a study based on a Roman sarcophagus from the Della Valle collection, acquired by Cardinal Ferninando de'Medici in 1584 and transferred to Florence in 1788 (Uffizi, inv. 104). Girolamo da Carpi made other studies based on ancient sarcophagi, one of which is very close to this one. (Cf. Gudrun Dauner, Drawn together, two albums of renaissance by Girolamo da Carpi, Philadelphia 2005, p. 123, n. 4 verso)
The front of the sheet shows three details from the same sarcophagus: a winged Hour in the left corner, two warriors fighting and one of the Dioscuri abducting a woman.
Although this is a copy from the ancient world, the artist nevertheless manages to retain a certain freedom of execution, as can be seen in the right arm of one of the warriors presenting a repentance.
The reverse side is characterized by even greater freedom. Indeed, Girolamo da Carpi does not hesitate to propose two different positions for the heads of the first two women on the left.
This leaf, characteristic of Girolamo da Carpi, from one of the most prestigious French collections, is a precious testimony to the importance given to ancient monuments in the training of 16th century artists.
Provenance: Pierre Crozat (1665 - 1740), Lugt 3612, number 48 in ink below right.