Vertical rectangle within a semi-circular architectural niche an eagle, wings outspread, rests on a socle, before which is suspended a wreath. Smoke rises in the background; an arch above, and volute brackets at either side. Ink framing lines. On verso, written: "Babel."


  • Title: Design for Architectural Motif
  • Creator: Gilles-Marie Oppenord
  • Date Created: ca. 1710
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • Medium: Red chalk on paper, lined
  • Provenance: From the Collection of Léon Decloux; acquired by him after 1906.
  • Exhibitions: Minneapolis, MN, University of Minnesota, University Art Gallery, "The Eighteenth Century: One Hundred Drawings by One Hundred Artists," January 24-March 7, 1961, no. 63.
  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 26.9 cm (6 7/8 x 10 9/16 in.)

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