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Object Timeline

1957

  • Work on this object began.

1982

  • We acquired this object.

2015

2017

Drawing, Study 140d, "The Magic Fire-Scene," from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner, July 19, 1957

This is a Drawing. It was designed by John De Cesare. It is dated July 19, 1957 and we acquired it in 1982. Its medium is color pencil, graphite on cream wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

John De Cesare transmuted the way the music of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” made him feel—drawing a “non‑functional” score that invites the viewer to feel it too.

This object was donated by Estate of John De Cesare and catalogued by Julia Pastor and Samantha Finch.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 70 × 48.6 cm (27 9/16 × 19 1/8 in.) Mat: 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower margin: T-6-19-57-T-6-30-57-S140D-M78-Scale -4XAW and 1/2" = 1'-0"-M62-M63toM66-E John De Cesare -(7-19-54) JdC c.

Cite this object as

Drawing, Study 140d, "The Magic Fire-Scene," from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner, July 19, 1957; Designed by John De Cesare (American, b. Italy, 1890–1972); USA; color pencil, graphite on cream wove paper; H x W: 70 × 48.6 cm (27 9/16 × 19 1/8 in.) Mat: 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.); 1982-25-65

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