Frieze of an Acanthus Scroll
Pen and brown ink
264 × 148 mm
Inv. no. 1876
The model for the drawing was inspired by an Antique pillar or pilaster, which belonged to the famous Roman collection of cardinal Andrea della Valle. Motifs of these fragments reappear also in the Vatican Logge decorated by the Raphael workshop. During his career, Giulio repeated the acanthus scroll in many versions: they recur in the garden-side loggia of the Villa Madama, Rome, frescoed and stuccoed together with Giovanni da Udine in 1520, and later in his Mantuan works executed between 1524–1540.
drawing, Giulio Romano, pen-and-ink