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image Adam vol.26/36

Reference number

Adam vol.26/36

Purpose

Italy: Rome, the Vatican. Record drawing of a rectangular panel of arabesques showing a panel containing two lions, two birds and the top of a winged female figure surrounded by foliage and rosettes in a symetrical composition.

Aspect

Elevation

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Doors in the Vatican

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash 356 x 252

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi (attributed to)

Notes

The draughtsmanship here and in Adam vol.26/37 is of the robust and open style found in the logge panels and can be attributed to Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) or his circle. The small neat pen inscription is in English, possibly by James Adam, and the drawing itself is taken from the lower door panel from the Vatican logge (see Ottaviani plate 17). The decoration of the opposite door is shown in the companion sheet Adam vol.26/40.
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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