Drawing, "Interior View of the Nave, Saint Peter's, Rome, Looking Toward the Altar", 1748–49
Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, green, brown watercolor on cream laid paper. Joseph F. McCrindle Collection. 2008-34-1.
- Attributed to Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot
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