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Sarcophagus: Seasons and genii holding roundel

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Bm 8. 11 and 12 are catalogued together being drawings of the same Sarcophagus


Content (description)

Two winged genii, wearing cloaks which billow behind them, fly towards the centre and support a roundel containing the portrait of a man, who holds a roll in his left hand and makes a gesture with his right. Beneath the genii recline two figures with their backs to the centre, but turning their heads to look at one another: on left lies a nymph holding a pedum and cornucopia and leaning on an urn from which water flows, on right is a bearded male who holds a staff and cornucopia and leans on the coils of a sea-monster. Each has a quiver resting against their knee. At each end of the sarcophagus a Season steps outwards and carries over his shoulder on a pole his kill from the hunt. A dog leaps up at the animals and the Season puts out a hand to prevent it reaching them.

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Content (note)

Villa Pamfilia


height (actual size): 412mm
width (actual size): 492mm


Campiglia Villa Pamfilia Facciata a Tramontana written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

B1 written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower left.
1 A written in ink on the front of the drawing, lower right, truncated.
In the album in which the drawings are held is written in ink: No. 11/ No. 12 1A2

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• Rossi (II; no. 455 pl. 54)
• Hanfmann, Dumbarton Oaks Season Sarcophagus
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