(Cremona c.1575 - Cremona c.1616)
Design for the Ornamental Base of a Table
The outlines of one of the female figures and the central mascaroon pricked for transfer.
241 x 430 mm. (9 1/2 x 16 7/8 in.)
Ermenegildo Lodi’s draughtsmanship owes much to that of his master Malosso, and indeed their drawing style is sometimes so close that, as the 17th Florentine biographer Filippo Baldinucci noted, ‘the work of one could be exchanged for the work of the other.’ (Lodi also seems to have retained a number of drawings by Malosso after the elder artist’s death, from which he continued to derive inspiration for some of the figures in his later projects.) Several drawings by Lodi are today in the Uffizi in Florence and the Museo Civico Ala Ponzone in Cremona, and other examples are in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice, and elsewhere.