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Drawing (Italy)

This is a Drawing. We acquired it in 1938. Its medium is pen and brown ink, brush and brown and gray wash, black chalk, graphite on heavy cream paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

In the early 1780’s Pope Pius VI expanded the Vatican’s museum of ancient art. The 80-foot long Sala delle Muse was designed to house a statue group of Apollo and the nine muses, recently unearthed at a Roman villa near Tivoli. Conca was commissioned to fresco the room’s octagonal vaulted ceiling. In this study, he divides the space into four panels with figures of Apollo, the Muses, and Greek poets, reflecting the intended sculptures below.

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Drawing (Italy); Previously owned by Edward Brandegee ; pen and brown ink, brush and brown and gray wash, black chalk, graphite on heavy cream paper; 1938-88-3578

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