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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 310

    Attributed to Bartolomeo Passarotti (Bologna 1529-1592)

    A nude torso seen from behind, after the Apollo Belvedere

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    Attributed to Bartolomeo Passarotti (Bologna 1529-1592)
    A nude torso seen from behind, after the Apollo Belvedere
    numbered '27' and with inscriptions 'anticho torso di Belvidire' and 'passaroti 30' (verso laid down)
    pen and two shades of brown ink, brown wash
    13¼ x 9 in. (33.5 x 22.8 cm.)


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    This drawing is after the Apollo Belvedere, the torso of a nude statue thought to be a Roman copy after a lost Hellenistic bronze. It is not known where the statue was discovered, but in the late 1490s it was recorded as being in the garden of Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere at San Pietro in Vincoli. When he became Pope in 1503 the statue was moved to the newly built Cortile del Belvedere at the Vatican. Thought by Giorgio Vasari to provide 'the lessons of ease and grace in rendering the human figure' (P. Bober and R. Rubinstein, Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture, London, 1986, p. 71, no. 28) it has inspired many artists including Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo.

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