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Sarcophagus: Seven against Thebes (?)

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assigned by cataloguer


Bm 8. 8,9,10 are catalogued together being drawings of the same sarcophagus


Content (description)

8: on left a soldier stands to right as a second strides to right by a female who kneels in the foreground facing the viewer, her breasts bared and holding fillets (?) in her hands. Behind her stands two figures (female?) looking left in attributes of distress. By them on right a nude soldier turns to right, where a comrade springs on to a ladder, beneath which a soldier drives a biga to right.
9 and 10: beneath the horses' hooves lies a man, who holds out his arm to the soldier. In the background behind the biga two dead soldiers lie on a rock ledge. Next a man kneels with his back to the viewer, leaning on a spear in his left hand and pointing towards the right, as a soldier strides towards him. In the background soldiers sit and lean on rocks. A female with billowing draperies carries the drooping body of a dead youth to right. Another female far right ( on sheets 9 and 10) supports his head.

Content (object)



height (actual size): 389mm
width (actual size): 552mm


Campiglia Villa Pamfilia, facciata principale written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

B written in pencil on the front of the drawing top left.
1 A written in ink on the front of the drawing lower right
Written in ink in the album in which the drawings are held is No. 8 -1 A 2
VERY indecipherable, also in the album is a pencil mark and what appears to be the date 1742

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• RR (III ; 247.1)
• ASR (II no. 184)
• Rossi
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