• Copy of the Plafond in the Room of Libya in the Emperors’ Palace in Rome

    Technique:
    watercolour over etched outline with light brown tone
    Dimensions:
    50,2х50,2 cm

Copy of the Plafond in the Room of Libya in the Emperors’ Palace in Rome

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Copy of the Plafond in the Room of Libya in the Emperors’ Palace in Rome

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Technique:

watercolour over etched outline with light brown tone

Dimensions:

50,2х50,2 cm

Inventory Number:

ОР-8784

Comment:

The coloured engravings from a series of copies and versions of the wall paintings and the ceiling decoration in Hadrian’s Villa, Herculaneum, Villa Madama, the Palace of Emperors on the Palatine and the Golden House of Nero in Rome were produced in gouache along the thin contour line, in the etching technique in a brown undertone, which blends harmoniously with artistic representations. The right part of the inscription in some copies of the Hermitage collection was cut off, namely, the words ’engraved by Carloni’ were destroyed. This suggests that somebody wished to present these plates as genuine drawings. The circulation of these engravings is not too large, accounting for not more than fifty copies. Such museums as the Hermitage, the Pavlovsk Palace, the Louvre, Windsor Castle, the National Museum in Budapest and the National Gallery in Warsaw own a complete copy. The rich ornament of the ceiling includes pieces on different subjects. In the centre is The Judgment of Paris. On the left is a crying woman before an urn and five sympathizers. On the right in the overgrowth of water reeds is a nude figure with a double flute, with standing and seated female figures confronting it. Once one compares this square ceiling with Clerisseau’s drawing (cat. no. 88), it becomes clear that he copied only a fourth part of the composition, confining himself to a general sketch of characters on one of the subjects. Author's comments: Valery Shevchenkp

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