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Drawing, Study 135#2, June 7, 1955

This is a Drawing. It is dated June 7, 1955 and we acquired it in 1982. Its medium is graphite, color pencil on wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The dimensions, form, and decorative detail of the bell tower derive from the musical score of "Ave Maria." The width of the tower is 144 feet, from measure 41; the height of the tower is 144 feet, from measure 36 x 4 (the music is in 4/4 time). The measures that contain the name Maria are used as the basis for the structural form of the building. These are measures 5-8, 11, 12, 24-28. Measures 5-8 are used for the decorative details of the framework, which includes an interpretation of the Doric order. The entire score of the solo voice part of "Ave Maria" is contained in the four plaques on each side of the shaft of the tower.

This object was catalogued by Karin Zonis and Julia Pastor. It is credited Gift of the Estate of John De Cesare.

Its dimensions are

61 × 48.5 cm (24 in. × 19 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower margin: S135#2 - "Ave Maria" - J.S. Bach-Charles Gounod - [music symbol]#?#-M5 to 8 and M24 to 28 - SPK - A'-A-B- M-5 to 36. Scale 1/8"= 1' 0" - John De Cesare - © (6-7-55)

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Drawing, Study 135#2, June 7, 1955; USA; graphite, color pencil on wove paper; 61 × 48.5 cm (24 in. × 19 1/8 in.); Gift of the Estate of John De Cesare; 1982-25-55

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