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.


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.


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