Pier Leone Ghezzi

Pier Leone Ghezzi, Monument to a Donkey, 1735 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Pier Leone Ghezzi (1674–1755), Monument to a Donkey, c. 1735. Graphite and grey wash on paper.

This drawing by the Roman artist Ghezzi depicts an unusual funerary monument, commissioned by the Sacchetti family for their beloved donkey called ‘Grillo’ (Cricket). According to the extensive inscription, this clever and loyal animal regularly carried baskets all alone from central Rome to the Sacchetti’s Villa Pigneto, ten kilometres away. The monument was designed by Pietro da Cortona (1596–1669) for the garden of the villa, where it commemorated the donkey’s faithful service.

– Rachel Hapoienu

The exhibition Reading Drawings will run from 21 Jan – 4 June 2017 at the Courtauld Gallery.

Samuel Courtauld Trust: Blunt Bequest, 1984 


On a memorial tablet written in Latin of scrupulous economy for one's father and oneself, Alexander Pope: 'et sibi'; and on speculations on other funerary monuments from 1811, Behind the Lines 8.