This week's post comes from our collections intern, Jordan Rothschild.
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As the summer is here and it is time for travel I would like to share a few works related to travel from our collections. They come from two artists—one, a Renaissance Italian who spent time in Italy’s greatest cities and the other an Enlightenment-era Frenchman who sought to illustrate customs of the rural Russian people. These works on paper are depictions of life and art in two areas: one, the well visited eternal city of Rome, and the other the less visited but no less fascinating region of Siberia, Russia.
All Le Prince drawings in the Rosenbach collection are highly finished in pen and ink with grey wash. They were purchased by A.S.W. Rosenbach in 1922 as part of the Roederer Collection—a world renowned collection of 18th century French drawings, prints, and illustrated books assembled by Louis Roederer (d. 1880).
|Jean Baptiste-Le Prince, Iourte ou Habitation Souterraine des Kamtchadals Pendant L'Hiver. 1766. 1954.397. Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.|
|Jean Baptiste-Le Prince, Kamtchadal dans son Habit D'Hiver. 1766. 1954.400. Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.|
He spent the years 1549 to 1553 in Rome where many of his sketches were created. Da Carpi drew many sketches after ancient and contemporary works in the eternal city. The sketches are not only beautiful drawings, but preservations of the antique heritage of Rome in the Renaissance period. They are a testament to how two brilliant artistic ages existed side by side.
|Girolomo da Carpi, Victory. 1954.0807.063. Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.|
The column of Trajan was completed in 113 A.D. It stands at 140 feet and is adorned with relief sculpture. In particular Da Carpi was interested in the victory reliefs. These commemorate Trajan’s campaign against the Dacians.
|Girolomo da Carpi, Jacob's struggle with the angel.1954.0807.063. Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.|
The Vatican loggias remain closed to visitors to this day. They were the work of Raphael, completed in 1519. This is a drawing of one of the now-lost 13 scenes of the monochrome frescoes in the socle zone of the loggias. This particular scene of Jacob wrestling with an angel comes from the socle of the sixth arcade. It is a religious scene with great power and a remarkable piece of documentary evidence of the how the loggias looked not many years after their completion.
The sketches of Da Carpi were purchased by A.S.W. Rosenbach in 1930 from the daughter and grandson of the great English collector Sir Thomas Phillips (d. 1872).