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Object number


Object type



Fresco of Danae

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer

Other number

Ashby ETON VII. 9


Content (description)

Fresco of Danae (with only the Cupid asleep at the end of the couch, the other two being omitted). Red drapery to left background, trees and large urn to right.
In with this drawing is a single sheet of paper with Latin description.

Content (object)

mural/wall painting

Content (note)


height (actual size): 361mm
width (actual size): 401mm

Dimension note

Ashby gives the dimensions as 299 x 336
The actual painting on the page measures 298mm x 336mm


Campiglia Palazzo Barberini n. 223 written in ink on the back of the painting

Inscription description

Ashby: 'The numbers (ie No. 138) refer to an inventory lettered outside Palazzi di Roma, with the following title: Bassirilievi, Pitture Antiche, Gruppi, Statue, Busti, Vasi, Are, etc., in Diversi Palazzi di Roma. It forms an index to the great series of drawings of sculpture which Topham not only ordered to be made (cf. Lanciani, BUll. Com 1894, 165, who however did not see this volume) but is a complet inventory of the contents of the various collections, including the pieces which Topham did not feel it worthwhile to have copied; and it is thus a document of capital importance for the condition of these collections in the early eighteenth century. I hope before long to publish it in its entirety'
This particular painting is referred to as 'pittura antica risarcita' in the inventory

Materials & techniques note

watercolour on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• Ashby (p.62)
• Lanciani (Bull. Com. 1894, 182)
• Turnbull (2. and Pl. B and p. 171)
• Michaelis (Holk. i. 5)
• Matz-Duhn (4112 (of doubtful antiquity))
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