Sappho and Eros, Paolo Farinati
Paolo Farinati
Sappho and Eros
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Paolo Farinati

Sappho and Eros


Blatt
412 x 279 mm
Inventory Number
4141
Object Number
4141 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

The fact that the scene is depicted from below leads to the assumption that this drawing served as a study for the ceiling decoration of a palazzo. It portrays Sappho – the famous poetess of ancient Greece, servant to Aphrodite and authoress of hymns to the gods and poems of love – looking down from a cloud. Presumably on account of her amorous lyrics she is associated here with Venus and accompanied by a boy Amor armed with a bow. Farinati made few corrections as he developed the figure. Traces of the preliminary drawing of the unclothed figure are still to be seen in the area of the thighs, which the artist later draped with the cloth of the figure’s cloak.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Sappho and Eros
Draughtsman
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet in der Darstellung auf der Leier: SAPPHO
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten rechts (von fremder Hand?, mit der Feder in Schwarz): Paolo Farinati 1560; verso bezeichnet (mit der Feder in Braun): P.Farinato
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Vogel im Kreis [?]

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 98C(SAPPHO)9(+2) (story of) Sappho, the poetess - portrait of person from classical history (+ mythological or allegorical portrait; allegorical representation of event from the life of historical person)
  • 48C7321 lyre, cithara, psaltery
  • 92D11 early life, prime youth of Cupid

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19.02.2024