• Plafond at Bayer near Naples

    Artist:
    Clérisseau, Charles-Louis. 1721-1820
    Technique:
    pen and ink
    Dimensions:
    17,5х29,3 cm

Clérisseau, Charles-Louis. 1721-1820

Plafond at Bayer near Naples

France, 18th century

Clerisseau’s collection of drawings contains several copies of ceilings from Bayer, a town on the coast of the Bay of Naples, a favoured resort of a class of Ancient Roman nobility who built magnificent villas there. The stucco ornament copied on this plate used to decorate the nymphaeum vaults. A similar principle of moulded decoration which covered the ceiling surface was widely spread. For instance, it was used in the ceiling painting in one of the corridors of Emperor Neron’s Golden House in Rome copied by Brenna and Smuglewicz( The State Hermitage, inv. № ОГ-121915). The overlapping of the rows of identical circles multiplies the recurring configurations of floral volutes (or of other details) within, without producing an impression of the obtrusive display of a geometric pattern. The method most favoured by Clerisseau was used, when the central part of the drawing was elaborated on the site (at a library or in the private collection right from the original), while the rest was done in a studio afterwards. This is especially noticeable in the draughtsmanship of two central rings.

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Plafond at Bayer near Naples

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pen and ink

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17,5х29,3 cm

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ОР-1856

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