Drawing, Ornament Scrapbook Page, ca. 1776
This drawing, and the other pen-and-ink sketches in the gallery, come from a disassembled album in the collection of the Morgan Library & Museum. The album includes designs for all of Pergolesi’s ornament prints, as well as pages that the artist used as a scrapbook, where he gathered samples of ancient ornament. Here he has pasted together five panels of ornament, each extracted from printed images in Bernard de Montfaucon’s Antiquity Explained, on view nearby. Pergolesi has carefully noted the volume, page, and plate of the book where he found the designs.
It is credited
Morgan Library & Museum, New York.
Its dimensions are
Frame H x W x D: 64.8 × 52.1 cm (25 1/2 × 20 1/2 in.)