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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Design for Stage Curtain: Hercules Receives Gifts from Nymphys after his Victory over the River God Achelous", ca. 1820

type: Drawing

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Horizontal rectangle. Stage framing is shown. Hercules and Dejanira sit in middle ground. Pageant of nymphs bringing gifts approaches from left, foremost carries horn of Achelous as cornuciopia. Temple with inscription "Concordia" shown in background. Goddess in carriage drawn by swans shown in sky. In foreground at left, the genius of History, at right, flying demons. Caption: "dalle Ninfe ercole receve doni nel cornacopia per ave/ vinto il fivme Achelao." Reverse in opposite direction: pen sketch for central group and for two nymphs carrying baskets upon their heads.


Felice Giani


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