Design (Full-Scale Working Drawing) for a Large Oval Silver Dish with Silver Gilt Border Showing Vulcan's Forge
Giovanni Giardini (Italian, Forlì 1646–1722 Rome)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, yellow and blue watercolor over black chalk. Framing lines in pen and brown ink. On two glued sheets
sheet: 20 7/8 x 30 1/2 in. (53 x 77.5 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1971
Not on view
Full-scale working drawing for a large oval gilt silver dish with a wide border. The central oval compartment shows a scene of Venus at the forge of Vulcan. the surrounding border is decorated with weapon trophies, close to the well-known designs by Polidoro da Caravaggio, and contains four plaques or insets showing Gods, among which Neptune, Diana, Venus and a third female goddess (possibly in silver or grisailles enamel painting).