Design for a Festive Decoration in Honor of a Bishop

Domenico Antonio Vaccaro1710–40

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Only the left half of the tower visible. The tower consists of an oblong room with a balcony (in the middle of the entablature), a high candelabrum with lamps and three lamps of small sizes in left corner. The plan of the tower is hexagonal. In front of its first section above, the dado is shown, an ovoid medallion with a half length portrait of a female saint carried by an angel. Rows of candle brackets flank it. The next section shows at the front a row of lamps which are connected by festoons, with the one at the front at left holding a thread. The statues are flanked by candelabra with burning candles. The next section consists of steps and a pedestal with rows of lamps at the corners and two angels raising a sensor at the front. A bishop stands above upon clouds containing many angels. A glory of light surrounds him. Below are a scale and the signature written with ink: "Dorn Ant. Vaccaro nip."


  • Title: Design for a Festive Decoration in Honor of a Bishop
  • Creator: Domenico Antonio Vaccaro
  • Date Created: 1710–40
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors
  • Medium: Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brush and wash on two pieces of paper joined horizontally
  • Provenance: Ex-collection of Giovanni Piancastelli
  • Markings: Watermark: A circle with a running stag (?) or horse; above P.
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - Finch College, "The Two Sicilies, Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum," Feb. 4- Mar. 20, 1970; (traveled to Jewett Art Center, Wellesley College, Sept 12 - Nov. 22, 1970).
  • Dimensions: 71.3 x 27.9 cm (28 1/16 x 11 in.)
  • Bibliography: Dee, Elaine Evans. The Two Sicilies - Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum: [catalogue of a loan exhibition, February 4 - March 20, 1970]. New York: Finch College, Museum of Art, 1970, p. 20 (illus.) cat. # 33."Summary Catalogue of Drawings by Identified Italian Architects in CUM," NY, 1964, p. 17.

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