Drawing, Ornament Design, Two Panels and Urn with Vulcan
This is a Drawing. It was created by Michel Angelo Pergolesi. It is dated 1776 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is pen and ink, brush and watercolor over graphite on laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Pergolesi’s astonishing technical skill as a watercolor artist is showcased in this vibrant selection of his ornament designs. First, he worked out each composition and the strategy for how it would be colored on a separate piece of paper. (A few examples of such preparatory drawings are on view across the gallery.) Then, using a fresh sheet, he drew the contours of his designs in faint graphite, over which he painstakingly applied watercolors with a thin, dry brush. The combination of Pergolesi’s remarkable technical proficiency and his lighthearted sensibility results in charming works that are simultaneously rooted in the past and brimming with life.
It is credited
Gift of Unknown Donor.
Its dimensions are
Sheet: 48.3 × 34.3 cm (19 in. × 13 1/2 in.) Mat: 71.8 × 56.5 cm (28 1/4 × 22 1/4 in.)
It is signed
"Pergolesi 1776: Del: et Pinx"
It is inscribed
Numbered in black ink, upper right: "23" Signed and dated in pale pink, lower center: "Pergolesi 1776: Del: et Pinx"
Cite this object as
Drawing, Ornament Design, Two Panels and Urn with Vulcan; Michel Angelo Pergolesi (Italian, active ca. 1760–1801); pen and ink, brush and watercolor over graphite on laid paper; Sheet: 48.3 × 34.3 cm (19 in. × 13 1/2 in.) Mat: 71.8 × 56.5 cm (28 1/4 × 22 1/4 in.); Gift of Unknown Donor; 1980-32-1433