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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Wall and Ceiling Decorations", ca. 1820

type: Drawing

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Horizontal rectangle. Beginning at height of upper part of body of chandeliers, consisting of women standing upon columns and raising their arms. Ring with candles sketched at right edge. Women stand between embedded columns, at right. Broad intervals between columns decorated with tent-like drapery, in front, bowl of fruits hangs. Above: besides drapery are two festoons. Above entablatures are semi-circles each with flying putto, crossed by festoons. Main panel of ceiling: tiara in front of moon, between two putti and stars. Beside two square panels with circle inside, left one, a woman with flowers next to putto with plate; right one, winged figure with torch beside putto. Both circles with stars in background. Written below at right: "Longezza d'ella sala cento sesanta Palmi". Verso: in pencil, square and sheet on upper part of woman with trumpet.


Felice Giani


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