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image Adam vol.26/134

Reference number

Adam vol.26/134

Purpose

Italy, Tivoli: Villa Adriana. Record drawing of three details of interior decoration; at the top is part of a ceiling design; below are part of two frieze panels showing animals and foliage.

Aspect

Ceiling plan, elevations

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink (over pencil) in a contemporary hand, possibly that of Giuseppe Manocchi, Pittura in Villa Adriana (Adriana) (top); Fregio in Tivoli (Tevole) (middle); In Villa Adriana (Adriano) (bottom)

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, ink framing line 465 x 340, foldline, horizontally across middle of sheet

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi

Notes

The composition of this sheet shows Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) arranging a series of classical sources for incorporation into some of his decorative schemes. The ceiling detail from the Villa Adriana, Tivoli, can be compared with part of the composition in Adam vol.26/136. The inscriptions are probably in Manocchi's hand, on top of similar pencil inscriptions.

Level

Drawing

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