Study of a Sculpture of Herakles from the dal Pozzo - Albani collection

Study of a Sculpture of Herakles from the dal Pozzo - Albani collection

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Italian School, circa 1650, "A Study of an Ancient Marble Sculpture of Herakles". Pen and ink with brown wash. Ex: Cassiano dal Pozzo, Pope Clement XI, Cardinal A. Albani, King George III, J & C Townley, W. S. Maxwell.

Cassiano dal Pozzo was born in 1588, was raised in Florence and educated at the University of Pisa. In 1612 he moved to Rome, where after taking up a position as secretary in Cardinal Barberini’s household in 1623, he soon became a prominent figure in Rome’s intellectual life. Cassiano was soon joined by his younger brother Carlo Antonio who shared his artistic and scientific interests and played a significant role in augmenting the collection that Cassiano commenced about 1615 and came to call his Museo Cartaceo ("Paper Museum"). Aside from drawings of artists of the Quattrocento and the High Renaissance, he commissioned hundreds of drawings after the Antique and examples of curiosities of every kind. Cassiano accumulated illustrations of Roman sculpture and antiquities, including early medieval works and a whole range of natural history, geological samples and fossils, botanical illustrations and drawings of microscope observations.

Cassiano's heirs sold the Museo to Pope Clement XI, who resold it to his nephew Cardinal Alessandro Albani. In 1762 the major part was purchased for King George III, a scientific amateur himself, who kept the collection at Buckingham Palace. Much of it remains part of the Royal Collection, divided now, between Windsor Castle, the British Museum, the British Library, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, and the library of Sir John Soane's Museum.

A comprehensive, 34 volume catalog of the collection is in progress of publication under the title The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo. It is being produced under the auspices of the Royal Collection Trust and the Warburg Institute, and with the support of the British Academy, the Accademia dei Lincei and the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. 

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4.75" x 6.25", frame measures 12" x 14"

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