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What is this?

Ceiling, with trompe l'oeil effect, depicting Virgin gazing skyward with sun and rays behind and arms extended, surrounded by winged figures and putti playing musical instruments.

This is a print from France. It is dated 1748 and we acquired it in 1921. Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.

Its medium is

engraving on white laid paper

Its dimensions are

36 x 40.8 cm (14 3/16 x 16 1/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in plate, lower left: J. A. Meissonnier inv.; lower right: P. Aveline Sculp.

It is inscribed

Inscribed in plate, upper left: R; upper right: 105; lower center: PROJET D'UN PLAFOND DE PEINTURE / Pour la chapelle de la Vierge de St. Sulpice de Paris. / A Paris chés Huquier rue St. Jacque au coin de celle des Mathurins C.P.R.

This object was engraved by Pierre-Alexandre Aveline and published by Gabriel Huquier and designed by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier

This object was catalogued by Karin Zonis and donated by Advisory Council

This and 119 other objects are a part of a set whose first object is Bound Volume.

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18222793/ |title=Print, "Projet d'un Plafond de Peinture pour la Chapelle de la Vierge de St. Sulpice de Paris (Design for Painted Ceiling for the Chapel of the Virgin of St. Sulpice of Paris), plate 105, in Oeuvres de Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier (Works by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier)", 1748 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=21 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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