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Antonio Vassilacchi, called L'Aliense

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  • Antonio Vassilacchi, called L'Aliense
  • Design for an altar
  • Pen and brown ink and two shades of brown wash;
    bears attribution in pen and brown ink: Polidoro


Peter Lely (L.2092);
Lodewijk Houthakker (L.3893), bought in the art market in 1956


P. Fuhring, Design into Art. Drawings for Architecture and Ornament. The Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, London 1989, p. 194, no. 177, reproduced fig. 177

Catalogue Note

This study for an entire altar flanked by two sculpture niches was first attributed to Antonio Vassilacchi by Roger Rearick.  As Peter Fuhring noted, a good comparison is provided by a drawing attributed to Aliense in the Louvre, although that sheet represents a more elaborate altar, and seems perhaps to have been made for a processional banner.1

1. Paris, Louvre, inv. no. 5505