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Object number


Object type



Relief: preparations for Bacchic rite (?) and sacrifice

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Was Fa 2 no.13

Other number

Fa 3 no. 13


Content (description)

On left two females wearing short tunics and boots stand one on each side of a man who wears a toga, has his head covered, holds a cornucopia of fruit on his left arm and a globe in his right hand. In front of him stands a cista (?) with a conical top and with a snake wrapped round its base. A tree grows far left. On right is a palm tree, from which a curtain hangs into the background to right. A nude female, about to pass behind the curtain, points to a monster lying on the ground, half hidden by the curtain. On right a male makes a gesture of surprise at the monster, another figure peers down at it. In the centre a figure carries a block(?) on his head. On right grows a pine tree, at the foot of which a large cauldron stands on high rocks. A nude female kneels on right and reaches into the cauldron. On far right a small draped figure sits on an animal-legged stool on a high rock mound and seems to be writing on a tree trunk.

Content (object)


Content (note)

On the facade of the Villa Medici (Cagiano de Azevedo no.55 ) but the piece is rather different from the drawing


height (actual size): 495mm
width (actual size): 770mm


Calderi Villa Medici No. 13 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

C. No. 13 written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower right

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper



Calderi, Carlo (Artist)



History and association

Previous ownership


• Cagiano de Azevedo (no.55 On the facade of the Villa Medici)
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