Pliny the Elder, The Natural History, 35.30

et alias multa graphidis uestigia extant in tabulis ac membranis eius, ex quibus proficere dicuntur artifices.

There are still many other vestiges of his drawings, either on wood or on parchment, from which, as they say, artists profit. (translation by Spyridon Loumakis)

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Il subsiste encore beaucoup d'autres vestiges de son talent de dessinateur soit sur bois, soit sur parchemin qui, dit-on, restent instructifs pour les artistes. (traduction : A. Reinach 1921).

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Commentary

This is the end of paragraph 68 (Pliny, NH, XXXV) which concludes text 292. It could be referring to some sketches on wood panels (tabulae) used as a sketchbook, or to some sketches on parchment (membrana), i.e. unfinished paintings (Sellers 1896, p. 113; Reinach 1921, p. 239; Croisille 1985, p. 187).

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Bibliography

Bianchi-Bandinelli, R. 1950. Storicità dell'arte classica, Florence;

Ferri, S. 1946. Plinio il vecchio. Storia delle arti antiche, Rome;

Jex-Blake, K. and Sellers, E. 1968 (c. 1896). The Elder Pliny's Chapters on the History of Art, Argonaut, Chicago;

Pline l'ancien, Histoire naturelle XXXV. 1985, Les Belles Lettres, Paris;

Reinach, A. , 1921. Textes grecs et latins relatifs à la peinture ancienne, C. Klincksieck, Paris.

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