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Two Women in Billowing Robes and a Bull: Study after the so-called 'Nike Balustrade'

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Two Women in Billowing Robes and a Bull: Study after the so-called 'Nike Balustrade' about 1635
This drawing reproduces part of an antique relief known as the Nike Balustrade, which is now in the Uffizi in Florence. It shows the relief prior to its restoration by the eighteenth-century-sculptor, Bartolomeo Cavaceppi. This copy was commissioned by the celebrated seventeenth-century collector and antiquarian Cassiano dal Pozzo for his 'Paper Museum', a highly ambitious project to record and classify in drawings all branches of human knowledge and culture, with particular emphasis on classical antiquity and natural history. This drawing is one of a large group of copies after ancient sculpture from the Paper Museum, and formed part of an album formerly owned by William Stirling Maxwell (1818-1878). Maxwell was a pioneering Scottish art collector and writer on Spanish Art.

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A general term for the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome. Also used as a general term to describe something very old.


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.

Antiquity, Commission, Relief


  • Acc. No. D 5497
  • Medium Pen and brown ink with brown wash, laid down with double ink mount lines, this in turn inlaid into another sheet
  • Size 24.10 x 38.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased by the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2000