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, stamped, ink, lower left, recto:
collector's mark of
Ferruccio Asta, Lugt 116a
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
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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