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  • image Adam vol.26/150

Reference number

Adam vol.26/150


Record drawing of part of a panel decorated with scrolling foliage incorporating three birds in flight and three perched.



Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown washes on brown paper, ink framing line 247 x 596


Guiseppe Manocchi (attributed to)


This panel may be derived from one of the Vatican sets by Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) (see Adam vol.26/3-12; 14 and 186-200). It is a smaller version of Adam vol.26/86, which is attributed to Antonio Zucchi 91726 - 95). It may also be compared to Adam vol.26/54, attributed to Nicolas-François-David Dhuiller (d.1793), which shows birds perched on scrolling foliage.
The decoration of the Vatican logge appeared as engravings between 1772 - 1777 in three parts: Logge di Rafaele nel Vaticano (1772), Seconda Parte delle Logge di Rafaele nel Vaticano (1776) and Terza ed Ultima Parte delle Logge di Rafaele nel Vaticano (1777). Work on the project of recording was begun in 1760 and was more or less completed by 1768. The principal artists involved were the painter Gaetano Savorelli (d.1791) and the architect Pietro Camporesi (1726-81), and the engraver was Giovanni Ottaviani (1735-1808). The third volume was engraved by Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803), after drawings by Ludovico Tesio (1731-82).



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