• Project of the Plafond 'Apollo's Chariot'

    Artist:
    Manocchi, Giuseppe. 1731-1782
    Technique:
    pen and ink, water-colour
    Dimensions:
    56х92,5 cm

Manocchi, Giuseppe. 1731-1782

Project of the Plafond 'Apollo's Chariot'

Italy,

Giuseppe Manocchi, an engraver and draughtsman, worked in Rome. He and Clerisseau made a journey accompanied by a group of artists hired by James Adam for the implementation of his projects in Rome and other Italian cities. After 1763 he spent a few years in London. In his arabesques Manocchi followed the traditions of grotesque representation common in the 16th century. Until recently many of his ornamental drawings have been attributed to Etienne la Vallée Poussin. In the Hermitage exhibition catalogues, the name of Manocchi has so far been only associated with the Clerisseau collection, in which the drawings by this Italian draughtsman were’melted’. The arabesques and projects of Manocchi’s ornamental plafonds are held in different collections, especially in the John Soane’s Museum in London and the Royal Institute of British Architectsв (RIBA). Acquired by Catherine II, the collection of Manocchi’s drawings has not been sufficiently studied until the present time. The elaborate composition and its saturation with meticulous rendering of elements emphasise Manocchi’s striving to demonstrate his mastery of handling materials and drawing techniques which allow to preserve paper formation. In the centre is a pictorial composition with Apollo's Chariot framed by two ornamental bands. The first has female masks, green garlands and trophies; the second has acanthus volutes with the figures of putti and lions. The third wide band including four round medallions with figures and ornamental square insertions in the corners contains groups of dancing girls at the top and at the bottom; to the right and to the left are the scenes of amorous adventures of mythological personages: Apollo and Daphne, supposedly Faun and Syrinx, Venus and Adonis. To the right and left, the rectangle of the plafond is adjoined by two lunettes united with it by the border with the recurring pairs of eagles holding a garland in their beaks. Author’s comments: Valery Shevchenko

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Project of the Plafond 'Apollo's Chariot'

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pen and ink, water-colour

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56х92,5 cm

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ОР-4447

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