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Sleeping Eros, after an Antique Sculpture

Giovanni Angelo Canini (Italian, Rome 1615–1666 Rome)

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash
8-9/16 x 12-5/8 in. (21.8 x 32.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1945
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Canini was a talented artist who devoted much of his time to the nascent field of archaeology. He published books on ancient art and made a specialty of drawn copies of classical antiquities. Although the ancient sculpture of sleeping Eros that is the subject of this drawing has not been identified, it clearly belongs to the type best exemplified by the Metropolitan's bronze statue.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Numbered in pen and brown ink at lower right corner, 171. Annotated in graphite on old mount, G. Canini.

    Marking: Stamped lower left with the collector's mark of Sir Joshua Reynolds (Lugt 2364) and lower right the collector's mark of Thomas Banks (Lugt 2423).

  • Provenance

    Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, Plympton 1723–1792 London); Thomas Banks (British, Lambeth baptised 1738–1805 London); Ambrose Poynter (British, London 1796–1886 Dover)

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 22, 2002–July 14, 2002.

  • References

    Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turcic 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 78, fig. no. 78, p. 52, ill.