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ID number:  BIRBI-2006.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Tischbein, Johann Heinrich (1751-1829)
Title / Object name:  Study from the 'Massacre of the Innocents', a tapestry design attributed to Giulio Romano.
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  German
Date made:  about 1780
Materials:  Black chalk on paper
Measurements:  490 x 365 mm; mount: 705 x 560 mm

Tischbein made this drawing in Rome on his first trip to Italy (1779-81). He studied under the Swiss sculptor Alexander Trippel, but he also made numerous drawings after the high renaissance masters including this dramatic example. The artists focusses on the head of one of the executioners in a famous tapestry showing The Massacre of the Innocents, part of a set which is hung in the Vatican. The head, full of murderous intent, would have been at the artist’s eye level. The subject was probably designed by Giulio Romano, Raphael’s best-known pupil, and this was undoubtedly the attraction for the young artist.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscribed upper right: 29

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