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image Adam vol.56/42

Reference number

Adam vol.56/42

Purpose

Italy: Venice: Madonna dell'Orto. Design for an altarpiece on canvas at Madonna dell'Orto that probably depicts the death and apotheosis of the Virgin, with an elaborate frame of coupled columns supporting shell cartouches and angels, with a Latin cross between them.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed and dated in ink in capitals Disegno Del Sepolcro Fatto Nella Chiesa Della Madonna SS Dell Hort/i Anno M.DCCI; below in ink in a contemporary hand Nel tempo che ora Gu--ano (?) -e Sig Michele Cardani; and in pencil 1701./Cardano/ Sepolcro temporary; and in red ink on both drawing and album leaf 42.lettered in the drawing INRI, andin one cartouche FACTVS OBEDIENS ? VSQUE AD MORTEM; and in the lower cartouche MORTEM MORIENDO DEXTRUXIT

Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown wash on buff paper; 2 pieces of paper laid on to a later sheet that has been trimmed to size of drawing515 x 315, 3 corners of drawing trimmed diagonally

Hand

Unidentified eighteenth-century artist

Notes

The Venetian Gothic church of the Madonna dell'Orto is distinguished by its paintings by Tintoretto, Bellini and Cima, and this altarpiece design was probably for a minor side-chapel. No record has been found of an L. Cardano or Cardocco as a painter or architect. The building was radically restored in 1864 and again in 1930/31, and the altarpiece shown here may have disappeared at one or other of these dates (see Ashley Clarke The Church of the Madonna dell'Orto (London, 1977), p.14). This rather battered drawing may have been acquired by accident, as part of a lot rather than by design, during Robert Adam's period in Venice in 1757.The missing corners and presence of a backing sheet trimmed to the size of the drawing suggest at least two previous locations for the drawing.

Level

Drawing

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