ITALIAN, ROME, CIRCA 1800-1830
AFTER THE ANTIQUE
RELIEF WITH THE ALDOBRANDINI WEDDING
rosso antico marble in three layers, in a gilt brass frame
relief: 11 by 39.5cm., 4⅜ by 15½in.
frame: 19.5 by 49cm., 7⅝ by 19¼in.
F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique: The Lure of Classical Sculpture, 1500-1900, London, 1981, p. 76
The present attractive rosso antico relief follows the famous fresco in Vatican Museums (inv. no. 79631). The fresco, detached from its original setting after its discovery in Rome on the Esquiline Hill in 1606, dates to the Augustan Age. For nearly 150 years, the Aldobrandini Wedding was one of few antique paintings known. It formed part of the collection of Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini (1571-1621), and was later acquired by Pope Pius VII in 1818. It appears to represent a generic wedding scene, the bride being consoled in the centre, a sacrifice happening to the left, and musicians playing on the right.