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Design for grotesque ornaments

Cesare da Sesto (1477 - 1523)

Chalk (red), pen and ink, watercolour on paper

Width: 33.4 cm; Height: 22.5 cm;

Inscription
Inscription, stamped, ink, lower left, recto:
collector's mark of Ferruccio Asta, Lugt 116a

Acquisition
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
D.1952.RW.4552

About this work
A large number of Cesare da Sesto’s surviving drawings show him experimenting with grottesco or antique motifs. The present sheet may date from around 1511 when he worked as an assistant to Baldassare Peruzzi at Cardinal Raffaele Riario’s palace at Ostia, the harbour city of ancient Rome. Probably intended to be executed in stucco, these scrolls of foliage, masks and satyrs were inspired by the discovery of Roman frescoes in the Golden House of Emperor Nero. (Permanent collection label)



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