Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Architect:
Unknown, Italian  Search this
Medium:
Pen and colored inks, brush and watercolor, guache, over traces of graphite on paper
Dimensions:
27.7 x 38.4 cm (10 7/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
Italy
Date:
ca. 1785
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Design of a ceiling. In the center of the plan is a circle containing a square. The outlines of a cupola are seen from below, inscribed into it. The space of the cupola is filled by a square, in the center of which are the figures of two dancing women. This representation is framed by moldings in cross shape, with ornamented squares in the corners. In the panels of the angles of the large square is a centaur carrying a boy. In the corners of the ceiling are four horizontally rectangular landscapes with their base along the short sides. Between them are quadrigas, both with a winged genius carrying a palm branch, the left one is drawn by four stags, the right one by horses. In the center of the long sides are on either side two heads of elephants, with leaf stems. In the corners above the landscapes are circles with a woman on blue ground. Two framing bands.
Credit Line:
Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
Accession Number:
1938-88-4830
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq41a2d47cf-ae0e-458c-9c2e-dd92a5981866
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1938-88-4830