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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Design for an Altar: Elevation, with Trompe-l'Oeil Plan Below", 1750–75

type: Drawing

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Centrally placed elevation of altar showing painting of a penitent saint in the wilderness. Above in a circular frame the heads of two cherubs. Altarpiece flanked by Corinthian topped pilasters. Group of three figures at left of altar, one of which holds a lance. At right, one figure carries candlesticks. Below elevation, a sheet of paper containing a plan view, is drawn in trompe-l'oeil and edged with red. Edges appear rolled and an elaborate frame is shown at right, behind the sheet.


Carlo Marchionni


Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design