• Corner Part of a Plafond at Hadrian's Villa

    Artist:
    Clérisseau, Charles-Louis. 1721-1820
    Technique:
    pen and ink
    Dimensions:
    18,5х25,6 cm

Clérisseau, Charles-Louis. 1721-1820

Corner Part of a Plafond at Hadrian's Villa

France, 18th century

This drawing represents one of a multitude of copies of antique plafonds created in the second half of the 18th century, when there was a revival of interest in antiquity. Clerisseau copied a fragment of the central part of the stucco ornament on the vault of the room in the northern part of Hadrian's Villa currently defined as a nymphaeum, a shrine dedicated to nymphs, generally constructed near a source of water and shaped as a grotto. The representation of the plafond, which has survived to this day, has been known at least since the 17th century and was published by Piranesi in 1778 [Wilton-Ely 1994]. Clerisseau’s copy was probably executed after an unknown engraving, as well as the drawing by Giuseppe Manocchi in John Soane’s Museum in London [The Travel Drawings... 1762. N 133, 143]. However, another representation could have served as a model for this plafond fragment. This is borne out by the design of entanglement of tentacles, growing out of the palmettes in the corner part of the plafond, in the lower left part, as well as by the outline of the palmette itself and of other elements. The shields, rhombs and rectangles of the inner tier are filled in a different manner. One might suggest that Clerisseau made a copy from the engraving by Nikola Pons ‘Antique Arabesques’; however, Pons relied on the writing of L. Mirri and G. Carletti [Mirri, Carletti 1776]. Besides by that time Clerisseau had already left Italy and was carried away by quite different ideas. Text by Valery Shevchenko

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Corner Part of a Plafond at Hadrian's Villa

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pen and ink

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18,5х25,6 cm

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ОР-1852

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