Drawings/ album by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini

Design for the Mattei Catafalque; a monument with a pyramid of candles surmounted by a flaming torch, an inscribed tablet below flanked by two Roman soldiers.


Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk, with a vertical line ruled at the centre and pricked;
26.2 x 19.5 cm
Acquired in:

Part of an album of drawings belonging to Lord James Cavendish MP (d 1741), son of the second Duke of Devonshire (1665-1729), founder of the great collection of drawings at Chatsworth. The collection of drawings form an interesting relic of the great age of collecting in England.


Collection of Lord James Cavendish

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