An early preparatory study for the ceiling fresco in the gallery of the Palazzo Pamphili (Piazza Navona), Rome.
Assembly of the Gods by Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini), c. 16511655
© British Museum
- Black & red chalk, pen & brown ink & wash with white heightening
- 24.3 x 60.3 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £8,000 ( Total: £80,000)
- Acquired in:
- M Shickman
The frescos illustrate stories from the Aeneid (the Pamphili family claimed descent from the Aeneas). The central compartment represents the Apotheosis of Aeneas, with Jupiter looking towards Venus who points to the left and Hercules at the far right turning towards them.