About this artwork

A sketchy landscape is framed by an elaborate cartouche composed of scrolls crowned by a lion’s mask and flanked by paired captive nudes and satyrs supporting ceiling beams. The design is similar to the frescoed frieze illustrating scenes from the fable of Europa and the Bull in the Palazzo Fava, Bologna. This was painted in 1583-4 by the brothers Annibale and Agostino Carracci and their cousin Lodovico, who consciously attempted to harmonise their styles, so the old attribution of this drawing to Annibale is understandable.

  • title:
    Design for a the Decoration of a Frieze.
  • accession number:
    D 5479
  • artist:
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Pen and brown ink and wash over red chalk on paper
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • measurements:
    11.50 x 25.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1999

Agostino Carracci

Agostino Carracci