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Object number


Object type



Funerary altar

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


The Sampson catalogue states that Fa 3 ( was Fa2) describes: 'Ara che serve di baso alla statua di bronzo di Sileno, copia di quella in Villa Pinciana, la quale benche al quanto diruta, e ben ornata con festoni e putti e varii animali, con iscrizzione.'
BM 12 nos. 79,80,81 are catalogued together as drawings of the same altar

Other number

Fa 3 no. 5


Content (description)

81: front. Two nude putti stand on the outspread wings of eagles, which are perching on rocks at the bottom corners, and hold a heavy garland of fruit, leaves and flowers. Beneath the garland a nymph with a billow of drapery rides on the tail of a bearded sea-man; on left a putto rides on a dolphin. Over the garland a nude man holding a staff leads a bull to right from behind a rock, on which stands a goat. At top centre is a square panel with the following inscription recorded very faintly: DIS MANIBUS/ HCAUDICYMF/ OVERIGEMINO/IULIA GEMFELLA/MATER FECIT. For another version of this inscription see no. 85.
79: left side. On right, the putto on the corner with the front holds one end of a garland, the other end hanging from the horn of a podgy head, perhaps that of a young satyr. Fillets flutter at the top. Over the garland two birds peck a cricket. Over them is an oenochoe. Beneath the garland a fox (?) rends a recumbent deer. Eagles stand at the bottom corners.
80: right side. As left side, but the garland hangs at the back on the horn of a bearded satyr head. Over the garland two birds move down as if pecking something, but there is nothing there. There is a patera above them. Below the garland a fox rends a springing deer. The illustrations of the sides show that the top of the altar slopes forward.

Content (object)



height (actual size): 498mm
width (actual size): 388mm


Carlo Calderi Villa Medici No. 5 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

V. Medici N.5 written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower left

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper



Calderi, Carlo (Artist)



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Previous ownership

image 147600
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