Perino del Vaga
Studies for Grotesques
Pen and brown ink
277 × 185 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 1917-191
The painter of Florentine origin, Perino del Vaga joined Raphael’s Roman workshop around 1517. Raphael and his assistants recreated antique grotesques on the evidence of remains in the recently discovered chambers of Nero’s palace, the Domus Aurea, decorated with diverting ensembles of interlaced garlands, bizarre animals, still-life and geometrical motifs. This sheet of studies relates to Perino’s last major undertaking, the decorations of the papal suite at Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, executed from 1545. The inscriptions at left are instructions for the colouring.
drawing, pen-and-ink, Perino del Vaga