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Object type



Altar with a pair of gods on each side

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Was Fa 2 A no. 54
From the Villa Aldobrandini sul monte Quirinale
Bn 1 nos. 5,6,7,8 are catalogued together being drawings of the same altar

Other number

Fa 3 A no. 54


Content (description)

5: On left stands Mars, wearing a corselet and helmet, holding a spear in his right hand and an oval shield, which rests on the ground, in his left. On the ground behind him stands a round shield. On right stands Hermes, nude, with his petasus, caduceus and a drape over his left arm. He holds out in his right hand a small bag of money. The two gods face one another. In the centre an altar stands on a rock pedestal.
6: To right of centre is an altar, set obliquely, with a tree directly behind it. On right stands nude Apollo, holding his bow in his left hand, a twig in his right. Behind him on far right stands a tripod with a sphere on top. He faces left as Artemis runs towards him from left. She wears boots and a girt-up tunic and holds out her bow in her left hand, while raising her right hand to take an arrow from her quiver. At her feet in the background lies a boar; a dog runs by her side.
7: Two goddesses face one another across a three-sided altar with concave sides, on which a flame burns on a high pedestal. On right the draped goddess stands with her left arm akimbo, holding out a flower in her right hand. On left, Fortuna, also draped, holds a cornucopia of fruit on her left arm and a rudder behind her in her right hand.
8: Silvanus and Hercules face one another across a garlanded round altar, behind which grows a pine tree. On right bearded Silvanus, wearing a wreath and an animal skin round his neck and over his left arm and shoulder, holds a pine branch in his left hand and holds out an angular knife in his right. A dog sits at his feet and looks up at him. On left Hercules, with his back to the viewer, raises his right foot on a rock. He wears his lionskin over his head and down his back and holds out his club in his right hand. A pig with a fillet round its belly stands to right in front of the altar.

Content (object)


Content (note)

From the Villa Aldobrandini sul monte Quirinale


height (actual size): 402mm
width (actual size): 528mm


Written in ink on the back of the drawing: Campiglia Villa Aldobrandini 54

Inscription description

54 written on the front of the drawing lower left

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• Fuhrer (no. 314)
• RR (III ; 354.3, 375.3, 377.6, 394.1)
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