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What is this?

Circular drawing showing the interior of a great basilica, identified as St. Peter's in Rome by an inscription below the image. The view looks down the barrel vaulted nave toward the altar in the distance at left. Small figures are placed in the middle distance and foreground.

Why is this in our collection?

This drawing is typical of scenes of notable monuments in Rome that were created for the tourist trade in the mid-18th century. Drawings of this kind, presumably after a published print, were usually produced by students or members of an artist’s workshop as preparatory exercises to further their understanding of perspective, proportion, and scale. This drawing would add to drawings already in the museum’s collection that show other interior views of the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome. As an aid to study for students in the Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons master’s degree program, it will prove to be an invaluable example of the relationship between prints and drawings of architecture and will provide insight... more

This is a drawing from France. It is dated 1748–49 and we acquired it in 2008. Joseph F. McCrindle Collection. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, green, brown watercolor on cream laid paper

Its dimensions are

(circular): 22.2 x 22.2 cm (8 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in black ink, below image: Vue Interieure de St. Pierre De Rome; in brown ink below: [illegible]

This object was attributed to Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

This object was catalogued by Karin Zonis and donated by Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18729073/ |title=Drawing, "Interior View of the Nave Saint Peter's, Rome, looking toward the Altar", 1748–49 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=25 October 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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