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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Design for a Mantelpiece in the Villa Albani", 1755–57

type: Drawing

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An ornate mantelpiece, decorated with sculpted reliefs of lion heads and scrolls occupies the center of the design. A carved frame, supported by pilasters and ornamented with garlands, rosettes, and griffins terminates in a triangular pediment. The overmantel contains an antique bust of Antinous. Flanking the mantelpiece are two men - on the right a man of humble origins accompanied by a dog crouches, holding wooden planks. On the left, a well dressed man stands and watches, holding a walking stick.


Carlo Marchionni


Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design