Elevation and Floorplan of a Neoclassical Confessional

Anonymous, Central European, 18th century Central European

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690

This large presentation drawing shows the elevation and floorplan of a piece of church furniture, likely to be identified as a confessional. The style of the design, both in its shape and ornaments, suggests a moment of transition from Rococo to Neoclassicism, which dates it to the 1760s or slightly later. The floorplan below the elevation is vital in this respect as it informs the viewer of the curved shape of the piece, which cannot be read from the flat elevation. The floorplan further contains other technical details of the internal structure, such as the confessional windows that are built into the partition walls on either side of the central box where the priest would sit to hear the confession. A small scale is also included between the floorplan and elevation to give a sense of the proportions of the design.

Elevation and Floorplan of a Neoclassical Confessional, Anonymous, Central European, 18th century, Pen and black ink with grey wash

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