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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Sculpture Gallery: Project for the Decoration of a Hall in a Palace during the Reign of the Emperor Napoleon as King of Italy", 18th–19th century

type: Drawing

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Design for a sculpture gallery. At right, is a section of a wall with windows. Pillars support an entablature frame, narrow panel with a window-case, and broader panels without a window. In front of a rectangular niche at left, upon a pedestal, stands a sculptural composition of two (probably) female figures embracing, the height of the statues is given as "p 9 1/2". At right, also on a pedestal, is a sculptural scene of St. Michael stepping on the devil. A festoon hangs in the frieze above the niche. Above the entablature are semi-circular windows with a richly decorated frame with a group of putti, beside a tripod, and at right, a trophy. A coffered ceiling is indicated. Below there is indication of the scale: "Palmi Rni." At left, are studies of details of the upper part of the decoration. Along the left margin, at the bottom, is a project for a coffered conch of a niche. Above, also along the left margin, is inscribed in charcoal: "arme Imperiali / nel / mezzo / fra un Finestrone e l'altro se li finestroni potrano cambirasi dal loro sitd / e frali cadere sopra de gurppi (?) / Li putti sopra delli Finestra obligati (?) e gruppi di statue 6 (?) alti p 9 1/2." Inscribed at the lower edge near the center below the panel with the window in ink, different hand: "Li Finestroni sopra a desto / Siano putti sopra li nicchioni; indication of scale in Palmi Rni; inscribed on verso in pen and brown ink: Interno / di Galleria ornata all Rochocho


Felice Giani


Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design