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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Recto: Two Friezes with Flowers Verso: Sketch for a Decorative Painting", ca. 1815

type: Drawing

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Horizontal rectangle. Recto: Above: two waved ribbons crossing each other. Calices stand in wedges. In ovoids are lozenges with curved edges, wreath around masks inside. Numbers inscribed and explained in caption: "1 tuta colorita/ 2 turchino/ 3 fondo rosso/ 4 giallo limone/ 5 pavonasso/ 6 fiore verde/ 7 foglie del ovato colo[r] di rosa/ 8 Line[e] gialle/ 9 fondo della maschera celeste." Below: decorated ribbon around horizontal bar from which sprays spring. Caption: "1 Linea verde/ 2 fondo della fetucia, perlino/ 3 giole della festucia verdi legate in oro/ con perle/ 4 meandro giallo/ 5 fondo del meandro turchino/ 6 triangolo rosso con perla/ 7 fiore bianco/ foglie verdi." Verso: above, two figures written in octagon: "venere in abito/ di caciatrice insegn[a] Cartagine a Enea." Two figures, Aeneas and Dido, shown in cave. Underneath figures, caption in pencil: "Enea con Didone nel antro/ ...imene."


Felice Giani


Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design