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Corner Decoration of a Painted Ceiling

Accession Number
1959/2.77

Title
Corner Decoration of a Painted Ceiling

Artist(s)
Flaminio Innocenzo Minozzi

Object Creation Date
1735-1817

Medium & Support
pen and brown ink with watercolor

Dimensions
9 in. x 11 1/2 in. ( 22.9 cm x 29.2 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
Gallery Rotation Winter 2012:
Flaminio Innocenzo Minozzi
Italy, 1735–1817
Corner Decoration of a Painted Ceiling
Pen and black ink with ink wash
Museum purchase, 1959/2.34
Corner Decoration of a Painted Ceiling
Pen and brown ink with watercolor
Museum purchase 1959/2.77
These two fine drawings of ceiling corners are examples of the draftsmanship of artists working in Bologna during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Composed with delicate pen strokes and areas of wash, the illusionism of these corner sections is marvelous and their acanthus leaves, swags, putti, and balustrades are characteristic of the textural richness of the late Baroque interior. In the drawing with the blue wash, the numerous windows and the grouping of the globe and measuring instruments suggest that this ceiling design may have been destined for a library or other place of learning.
These are probably student works copying earlier designs by Mauro Tesi (1730–1766), Girolamo Mengozzi (1688–1772), or Angelo Michele Colonna (1604–1687). Students copied the work of master artists as an essential component of their training.

Subject matter
These two fine drawings of ceiling corners (also 1959/2.34) are examples of the draftsmanship of artists working in Bologna during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These two drawings are probably student works copying earlier designs by Mauro Testi, Girolamo Mengozzi, or Angelo Michele Colonna. Composed with delicate pen strokes and areas of wash, the illusionism of these corner sections is marvelous: acanthus leaves, swags, putti, and balustrades all underscore the textural richness of the late Baroque interior such a ceiling would complement.

Physical Description
The viewer is presented with an illusionistic rendering of a corner an ornate celiing. Architectural moldings, windows, and a still life in the corner with a globe and measuring instruments suggest that this might have been intended for a library

Primary Object Classification
Drawing

Primary Object Type
architectural drawing

Additional Object Classification(s)
Drawing

Collection Area
Western

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Keywords
ceilings
globes (cartographic spheres)
plans (orthographic projections)
rendering (drawing techniques)
studies (rooms)

2 Related Resources

Early Modern Interior Design
(Part of: Early Modern European Architecture and Interior Design)

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