Drawing of three figures by Francesco Francia

The exact meaning of the composition of three figures is somewhat obscure.


Bistre, with white highlights
23 x 37 cm
Art Fund grant:
£525 ( Total: £525)
Acquired in:
H M Calmann

Professor JD Beazley thought to recognise the theme of certain lines of the Saturnalia of Macrobius, the Latin author of about 400 AD. The principal figure is a woman placing her forefinger to her lips, perhaps a representation of the Roman goddess Angerona.

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