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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Design for a Painted Ceiling of Irregular Shape: Aurora", 1790–1810

type: Drawing

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Design for a painted ceiling, viewed directly from below. The central circular decoration shows Aurora (a winged figure riding in a chariot pulled by two horses; a putto with a burning torch flies in front of her). The scene is placed within a tromp l'oeil architectural framework. At each corner, an illusionary lunette with a pointed arch contains a bust on a pedestal: Orpheus for Music, Homer for Poetry, Apelles for Painting, and Vitruvius for Architecture.



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