Design for an Overdoor Decoration (recto); Rinceaux (verso)
Gregorio de' Ferrari (Italian, Porto Maurizio 1647–1726 Genoa)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk (recto); rinceaux in red chalk (verso)
11-5/16 x 8-1/16 in. (28.8 x 20.4 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Rogers Fund, 1967
Not on view
This sheet contains two ideas for the decoration of a frame in which a satyr takes center stage. In the design on top a satyr mask is being crowned with a laurel wreath by two cherubs while in the lower design, a vase decorated with satyr masks is placed centrally on top of the frame and is flanked by the figures of two young satyrs. Because only a small part of the frame below is shown, it is hard to tell what kind of frame this was meant to be, although the heavy ornament on top suggest that it is most likely an architectural frame for a door or a window. The artist, Gregorio de’ Ferrari, is known to have made designs for the interior, most notably in the Palazzo Rosso along the prestigious Strada Nova in Genoa. He worked there together with Domenico Piola, for whose family workshop De’ Ferrari also designed tombs, altars, textiles, silver, ship decorations and frontispieces.
Inscription: Colnaghi stock no. written in graphite on verso (at lower right corner), 29997.
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints," June 17, 2013–September 9, 2013.
Exhibition of Old Master Drawings. Exh. cat., June 13 - 30. P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., 1967, cat. no. 49.
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 167, fig. no. 167, p. 131, ill.
Gerard Gruitrooy Gregorio de Ferrari [Inaugural-Dissertation, Free University, Berlin]. PhD diss., 1987 p. 553.
Artist: Gregorio de' Ferrari (Italian, Porto Maurizio 1647–1726 Genoa)Date: 1647–1726Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white, over traces of black chalk, on blue-gray paperAccession: 55.628.8On view in:Not on view
Artist: Gregorio de' Ferrari (Italian, Porto Maurizio 1647–1726 Genoa)Date: 1647–1726Medium: Pen and brown ink, highlighted with white, over black chalk, on brownish paperAccession: 64.284On view in:Not on view
Artist: Gregorio de' Ferrari (Italian, Porto Maurizio 1647–1726 Genoa)Date: 1647–1726Medium: Brush and white gouache over black chalk on gray prepared paper (recto and verso)Accession: 1971.513.47On view in:Not on view