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Architectural and Ornament Drawings: Juvarra, Vanvitelli, the Bibiena Family, and Other Italian Draughtsmen

Architectural and Ornament Drawings: Juvarra, Vanvitelli, the Bibiena Family, and Other Italian Draughtsmen

Myers, Mary L.
1975
144 pages
112 illustrations
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From about 1900 to 1960 American museums collected at the fastest rate and with the widest interests that the world has ever seen. This sweepstake ingurgitation has now pumped the sources dry and has sent prices skyrocketing for what remains, just at a time when American museum funds are falling behind the rate of general inflation. But the result is not entirely disastrous, for it forces us to take stock of what we raked together bit by bit as chances offered, and to catalogue the holdings that have grown almost without our being aware of the growth. While a few excellent catalogues have been published, mostly by the Morgan Library, the Frick Collection, and this Museum, American collections are still so little known that we ourselves in the museums are unaware of treasures in nearby museums, and are sometimes unaware of remarkable things in other departments of our very own buildings. It would be useful if all American museums would pool their resources for countrywide surveys of some scarcer specialties like, say, German drawings, Islamic glass, Greek jewelry, or Romanesque sculpture.

In this catalogue Mary L. Myers publishes a selection of the Metropolitan Museum's drawings for stage sets, furniture, silver, architecture, and many other forms of applied art. To show these practical drawings in use, she has selected many that are projects for known works of art. Yet however utilitarian in intention, these drawings often achieve the perfection that is sometimes attainable in the decorative arts, but never in the more complex overtones of the expressive arts.

Design for a Ceiling Decoration, Giocondo (Giuseppe) Albertolli  Italian, Pen and gray-brown ink, brush and wash, on heavy laid paper
1742–1839
Design for a Stage Set, Giuseppe Barberi  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush with brown, red and blue wash
1770–80
Framed Design for a Stage Set, Mauro Berti  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush with gray and brown wash over traces of graphite
1772–1842
Framed Design for a Stage Set with Arches, Stairs, Human Figure and Sphinx Statue., Mauro Berti  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush with brown and gray wash
1772–1842
Design for a Cartouche with a Variant, Carlo Bianconi  Italian, Pen and black ink
1732–1802
Design for a Cartouche with a Lion's Head and Nimbus, Carlo Bianconi  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and green wash with framing lines in gray-green ink
1732–1802
Design for Two Masks Shaped as Satyr and a Winged Medusa Head, Carlo Bianconi  Italian, Pen and dark brown ink
1732–1802
Design for a Cartouche Surmounted by a Lion's Head in Scrollwork Suspending Swags of Fruit and Leaves, Carlo Bianconi  Italian, Black chalk and leadpoint
1732–1802
Sketch of a Palace Interior, Antonio Galli Bibiena  Italian, Pen and brown ink over traces of black chalk or graphite
1700–1774
Sketch for a Stage Set: Foreshortened View of a Palace with a Figure on the Stairs, Antonio Galli Bibiena  Italian, Pen and brown ink
1700–74
Designs for the Theater at Nancy: View of Half the Proscenium and a Half a Section of It; End of the Ceiling; and Ground Plan, Francesco Galli Bibiena  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash
1659–1739
Designs for the Theater at Nancy: Longitudinal Section and Half Ground Plan, Francesco Galli Bibiena  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash
1709
Design for a Theatrum Sacrum, Giuseppe Galli Bibiena  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and gray and rose wash, over black chalk
1696–1756
Ground Plan of the Catafalque for Anna Cristina, Wife of Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy, Giuseppe Galli Bibiena  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash
1696–1756
Elevation and Section of the Catafalque for Anna Cristina, Wife of Carlo Emanuele III of Savoy, Giuseppe Galli Bibiena  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash
1696–1756
Design for a Wall Decorated with Grotesque, Giuseppe Bernardino Bison  Italian, Pen and light brown ink, brush and brown, green, yellow, pink, orange, purple and blue wash over traces of leadpoint
1762–1844
Perspective for a Stage Set with Stairs and Arches, Serafino Brizzi  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash
1684–1737
Capriccio with a Roman Triumphal Arch, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, over traces of leadpoint or graphite
1720–30
Design for a Cartouche for the "Raccolta di Cartelle Pubblicate per uso della Gioventù Studiosa" ., Sebastiano Cavina  Italian, Pen and brown ink over black chalk
ca. 1797
Design for a Cartouche for the "Raccolta di Cartelle Pubblicate per uso della Gioventù Studiosa"., Sebastiano Cavina  Italian, Pen and brown ink over black chalk, with vertical crease through the center to create the symmetry of the design
ca. 1796
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Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), and Mary L. Myers, eds. 1975. Architectural and Ornament Drawings: Juvarra, Vanvitelli, the Bibiena Family, & Other Italian Draughtsmen. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.