Assembly of the Gods by Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini)

An early preparatory study for the ceiling fresco in the gallery of the Palazzo Pamphili (Piazza Navona), Rome.

Details

Medium:
Black & red chalk, pen & brown ink & wash with white heightening
Dimensions:
24.3 x 60.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £80,000)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
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.

Provenance

Holkham Hall.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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