The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark R.17.3
Manuscript Title

Drawings of Roman Sculpture etc

Alternative Title

Drawings of Roman Sculpture etc

James Number 989
Date 1583?
Century 16th
Size (cm) 47.5 x 31.5
Material Paper
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It contains a series of 90 drawings in red chalk and in ink of antique sculptures, of frescoes of Michel Angelo, paintings of Raphael, and one or two views of ancient buildings, all at Rome.
The volume has been completely described by Professor Adolf Michaelis in the Jahrbuch des Kaiserlich-Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, 1892, Band VII. Heft 2, pp.92-100, where a complete list of the drawings is given.
Professor Michaelis ascribes them to a Flemish artist working at Rome in or about the year 1583. They were apparently done for an English amateur, for the descriptive legends on them are written in English of a very Flemish complexion.


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