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image Adam vol.26/188

Reference number

Adam vol.26/188

Purpose

Italy: Rome, the Vatican. Record drawing of the decoration of a pilaster showing four relief panels surrounded by grotesque decoration. At the base is a figure seated on a throne with two lions on leads.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, watercolour; ink framing lines 1221 x 253, three joined sheets

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi (attributed to)

Notes

This drawing, together with those in Adam vol.26/186, 191-201 is part of a group attributed to Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82), showing decoration of the Vatican logge. This drawing is probably based on a reading of pilaster XII esterno (see N. Dacros, Le Logge di Raffaello, Rome, 1986, pl.CXXI). The stucco relief at the top, which shows a reclining deer with antlers, corresponds exactly to the Raphael pilaster. Dacros describes these reliefs as a deer, Leda and swan, three figures and quadriga, and man playing with dog (see Dacros, op. cit., p.277). The grotesque work does not correspond to what appears to remain.
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).

Level

Drawing

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