Design for Spandral Decoration

Ciro Ferric.1825

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Recto: top left and right, center left: spandrels showing Abraham raising or brandishing the knife and Isaac kneeling. The representation at top right which showed the coming of the angel and the head of the ram was obliterated by over painting with sepia. Bottom center, right: An indistinct nude figure in a spandrel. Bottom center, left, in opposite directions: Noah holding a small ark from which a dove flies. Bottom center: the scale.Verso: a standing man in classical armor talks to what seems to be an angel. The man is shown twice: the other figure, in the three poses.

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  • Title: Design for Spandral Decoration
  • Creator: Ciro Ferri
  • Date Created: c.1825
  • Provenance: Giovanni Piancastelli; Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee
  • Markings: watermark: lily in double ovoid under V, over F(?).
  • Dimensions: 18.4 x 33.1 cm (7 1/4 x 13 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • Medium: Brush and sepia wash, pen and brown ink, graphie, white gouache on paper; verso: pen and brown ink, black chalk on paper