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image SM 45/4/11

Reference number

SM 45/4/11

Purpose

Copy of measured drawing

Aspect

Ground floor plan, not fully drawn out

Scale

bar scale of Palmi

Inscribed

as above and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (Italian made) (405 x 502)

Notes

The unfinished square plan is symmetrically arranged around a colonnaded courtyard and fronted by a seven-bay arcade with an entrance in the centre. Behind the arcade there are, on each side of the entrance hall, three compartments measuring 20:0 by 29 17/24 and 29 8/12 (sic). The building is 235 Palmi wide. Identified by Professor du Prey (January 2009) as a plan representing the ground floor of the Capitoline Museum on the Capitoline Hill 'but not exactly as carried out. The exterior facade and loggia, of course, copy the design of the Conservators' Palace opposite and both follow the designs of Michelangelo as far as the facades go'.

Literature

P.du Prey, John Soane, the making of an architect, 1982, p.362 fn.41

Level

Drawing

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