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image Adam vol.56/72

Reference number

Adam vol.56/72

Purpose

Capriccio showing the interior of a ruined domed building whose walls are articulated by free-standing columns. In the centre is a pyramidal sarcophagus.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 21; in red ink 72

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour; pen framing line, outside which is grey wash109 x 115

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

Notes

The composition here may be loosely derived from the Temple of Minerva Medica in Rome, although the sarcophagus relates it to other compositions with a funereal theme in this series of drawings (see Adam vol.56/105).

Level

Drawing

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