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(The "Rape of the Sabines" fan)
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The "Rape of the Sabines" fan
da Cortona, Pietro after (artist) [ULAN info: 1596-1666]
Folding fan, single skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and watercolours. Sticks and guards of lacquered ivory (22+2) rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl. Front: the front leaf shows 'The Rape of Sabines', after Pietro da Cartona (1596-1666), but the design is reversed. In the centre, in front of an obelisk, a roman is abducting a Sabine and another Roman is hitting a man, who is trying to protect a Sabine; on the left, in front of a temple, five Sabines are being abducted by Romans, one of them on horseback; on the right a man with a crown between two columns stands on a podium. Below this there are roman soldiers, an abduction and a child; a statue stands on a podium; bushes and trees are placed in the background and there is some action between the central and right scene. The top lower and left borders are black with scrolling gold ornaments. Back: flowers, fruit and birds on a black background, in the centre two naked figures are holding a garland of flowers. Sticks: painted in different colours of lacquer showing Chinoiseries in two fan leaf-shaped rows with nine cartouches each. Four miniatures in the upper row. Reverse; gold pattern. Guards: both guards are painted in a similar way showing Chinoiseries in cartouches and ovals
The scene is "The Rape of the Sabines", after Pietro da Cortona (1596-1666). The original, painted between 1626 and 1631, is now in the Pinacoteca Capitolina, rome. Much of the design is reversed, showing it was taken from an engraving, probably by Pietro Aquila (Le Blanc 83, cf no. 17 in BM 1962, 246).
Italy (artist) (country) ()
Italy (maker) (country)
Italian (maker) (nationality)
Folding fan, single skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and watercolours. Sticks and guards of lacquered ivory (22+2) rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl.
length: (guards): 27.4
early 18th Century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
The design is after the 'Rape of the Sabines' by Pietro da Cortona (1596-1666) painted between 1626 and 1631 and now in the Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome. Much of the design has been reversed showing it was taken from an engraving probably by Pietro Aquila.
M.321-1985 (Applied Arts)