Signed and dated
- Undated, probably 1760 - 1763
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen, watercolour
1471 x 270, four joined sheets
Giuseppe Manocchi (attributed to)
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 a study of the decoration of pilaster 6, and the subjects of the four relief panels correpond to both Ottaviani's engraving (see below) and according to Dacros: putto, two young men, horsemen, faun and dog (see N. Dacros, Le Logge di Raffaello, Rome, 1986, p.269). It does not show the naturalistic landscape panels of the base or the side border. There is an unnumbered version of this pilaster showing the side panel in Sir John Soane's Museum, Soane volume 130/6, and one of the Ephesus figure of 'Manocchi's Roman period' in P. Fuhring, Design into Art, Drawings for Architecture and Ornament (2 vols., London, 1989, I, p.60). The draughtsmanship of the larger scale figures may be compared with that in Adam vol.26/151.
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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