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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Studies for a Sepulchral Monument, possibly commissioned by King John II of Portugal-Brazil (1815-1826)", ca. 1820

type: Drawing

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At top half of sheet, elevation of sculptural tomb: flights of steps lead to a platform with candelabra faintly indicated at the corners. On this level is a pedestal base showing a relief, representing the death of a classical painter (?); the relief is flanked by the personifications of Architecture at left, and a woman holding a wreath at the right. Above, a winged classical male nude (a genius figure), holding a wreath in his outstretched right hand, stands in front of the sarcophagus, which is supported by crouching lions. The side of the sarcophagus is decorated with a relief showing a medallion portrait of a man, wearing a wig, above a festoon. At the bottom of the sheet, at the lower left, is a rough sketch of a draped woman; to the right of lower center is a mourning woman leaning against the corner of a pedestal or sarcophagus. On the verso is a fragment of a caption.

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