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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Twenty-Four Putti, Decoration for the Dinning Room, Villa Aldini, Montmorency, France", 1812–13

type: Drawing

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Top row: 1) running with bar towards right 2) carrying fruit basket upon head 3) flying with scroll 4) dancing with stork 5) flying with vessel 6) walking towards right with basket; Second row: 7) kneeling towards right, in front of basket with grapes, blowing trumpet. Written above, "cerere." 8) standing with right foot in basket with grapes, carrying branch 9) running towards right with jar and bowl. Above: "cerere." 10) standing right, lighting torch 11) runing towards right with tambourine 12) walking towards left, playing lyre; Third row: 13) standing towards left, drinking from jug 14) Walking toward left, blowing double-lute 15) sacrificing 16) leaning upon pedestal, pouring from jar into bowl. Writing above: "cerere." 17) running towards right, carrying large helmet 18) flying and carrying big shield 19) flying with large sword; written above: "cerere." 23) with big mask 24) running towards left, carrying thyrsus. Figures written in pencil, inscription above in ink: Sala da pranza dipinta nel castello di Cerere. Verso: opposite direction. Outlined scheme of ceiling, with below, winged genii holding festoons.


Felice Giani


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