72. [French or Italian school]

The river god Tiber.

[Rome, 1550-1700]

Drawing, 14,2 x 22,8 cm, pen and brown ink, traces of pencil within frameline in brown ink, thin laid paper with unidentified watermark (considerable tears in all edges, some with loss to image, large tear in upper right corner, some black stains at upper left corner, edges frayed).

Stuck by upper edges under passe-partout.

Reclining bearded river god with cornucopia in his left hand and baton in his right. Next to him is a wolf feeding the two infants Romulus and Remus, which makes it possible to identify the main figure as the Tiber. Probably drawn after the Tiber statue displayed on the Campus Martius, and now in the collection of the Louvre. The statue was discovered in 1512 in Rome at the site of the Temple of Isis and Serapis, near the present-day basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

€ 200 / 300

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