Time driving a boat ferries the four seasons and a sleeping figure toward death

Carlo Maratta1625/1713

Civic Museums of Reggio Emilia

Civic Museums of Reggio Emilia
Reggio Emilia, Italy

“The drawing, previously attributed to Bernini and later to Maratta by Pouncey in 1956, has recently been identified as a decorative project for the quadrant of a night time clock in a private collection in London. This clock is considered to be the one commissioned by the cardinal Antonio Barberini to the artists Giuseppe Campana and Carlo Maratta. Later he is supposed to have given it to Louis XIV as a present” (A. Bigi Iotti, 2016).
On the verso side there is a "Sketch of a boat and a series of numbers", made in red pencil


  • Title: Time driving a boat ferries the four seasons and a sleeping figure toward death
  • Creator: Carlo Maratta
  • Date: 1625/1713
  • Date Created: 1625/1713
  • Location: Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia
  • Bibliography: G. Ferrari, Ricerche e note: alcuni disegni del sec.XVI, XVII, XVIII, e XIX: Antonio Casotti e Bartolomeo Spani, Reggio Emilia 1895, pp. 16-17. A. Gonzales-Palacios, Objects for a “Wunderkammer”, London 1981, pp. 84-87. A. Gonzals-Palacios, The Adjectives of History. Forniture and Works of Arts 1550-1870, London 1983, pp. 38-40 J. Stock, D. Scrase, The Achievement of a Connoisseur Philip Pouncey. Italian Old Master Drawings, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge 1985, n. 33. P. G. Tordella, Reggio Emilia, Civici Musei e Gallerie d'Arte, in Il Disegno. Collezioni Pubbliche Italiane, a cura di A. Petrioli Tofani, S. Prosperi Valenti Rodinò, G. C. Sciolla, Cinisello Balsamo (MI) 1993, p. 240, ill. p. 24. P. G. Tordella, La collezione di disegni. Disegni di figura di antichi maestri: segnalazioni e precisazioni, in La Galleria Antonio Fontanesi nei Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia, a cura di M. Mussini, Reggio Emilia 1998, p. 237, tav. LLI.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: Red pencil, red chalk heightened with white chalk on beige paper (recto); red pencil (verso)

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