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Design for Wall or Ceiling Decoration with Bacchus, Hymen and Venus

Felice Giani1790–1800

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Hymen standing, embraces Dionysos with right arm and raises torch with his left arm. At left Dionysos sits upon throne, together with lion; he leans left hand upon pitcher, supports hand thyrsos with right. At right Venus sits, holding a wreath with each hand. Upon clouds in foreground at left, the mask of satyr, with tamborine and other musical instrument on vine. At right, two kissing doves. Below caption: "Imene Bacco e Venere." Verso: perhaps written by Giani, "26" and "44."

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  • Title: Design for Wall or Ceiling Decoration with Bacchus, Hymen and Venus
  • Creator: Felice Giani
  • Date Created: 1790–1800
  • Provenance: Ex-collection Giovanni Piancastelli, Rome
  • Paper Support: Off white laid paper
  • Inscribed: Recto: "Imene Bacco e Venere" Verso: perhaps written by Giani, "26" and "44."
  • Dimensions: 30.6 x 21.7 cm (12 1/16 x 8 9/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Roberta J.M. Olson, "Italian Drawings," The Connoisseur, CCIII, 819 (May 1980): p. 62, fig. 4.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown and gray wash, black chalk, graphite on off-white laid paper

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