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Object number


Object type



Sarcophagus Orestes

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


From the Palazzo Barberini
Was Fa 2 no. 14
Bn 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 are catalogued together being continuous drawings of the same sarcophagus

Other number

Fa 3 no. 14


Content (description)

On far left three Furies sleep in various attitudes among rocks. A bearded male falls to the ground from a stool as a youth brandishes a sword and pulls his drapery from him. A nurse rushes off in horror to left. Clytemnestra, half-draped, lies dead in the centre, while the youth waves his sword over her. A male, wearing a tunic, squats in front of a curtain on right, holding a block (?), while a Fury moves left behind the curtain, brandishing a snake and a torch. A Fury or youth stands on right behind the curtain, the end of which rests on the head of a herm. At the foot of the herm a Fury lies asleep. By her legs stands Orestes, brandishing his sword, and rests his hand on a tripod, which stands on a pedestal far right in front of a tree.

Content (object)


Content (note)



height (actual size): 340mm
width (actual size): 545mm


Campiglia Palazzo Barberini No. 14 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

BN. 14 written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower left.
A written in ink on the front of the drawing lower left, truncated
2B written in ink on the front of the drawing lower right, truncated

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• ASR (II no. 158)
• Fuhrer (no. 523)
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