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Carlo Maratti (1625-Rome 1713)

Recto: An allegorical design in honour of Pietro da Cortona. Verso: Study for the figure of Time c. 1675

Black chalk | 41.4 x 29.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 904091

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Carlo Maratti was the leading artist in Rome in the late seventeenth century, and saw himself as the guardian of the classical tradition in painting. This drawing – probably a design for a commemorative engraving – depicts winged Time trampling Envy (gnawing her own heart) while holding aloft a portrait of the painter Pietro da Cortona. The message is that the artist's works would outlive the petty jealousies of his own day.