Sala del Thorvaldsen, Rome

Franz Heinrich1845

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

The plaster frieze running around the upper walls depicts Thorvaldsen's relief of Alexander the Great's Triumphal Entry into Babylon, commissioned by Napoleon in 1812 for the throne room of the Quirinal Palace in Rome. The coffered ceiling is decorated with carved roundels interspersed with octagonal paintings; in addition, a large painting occupies the center. The walls are hung with crimson brocade and the windows with dark green silk. A red and gold tester, hung with a red velvet curtain, serves as backdrop to a red-skirted table trimmed with gold braid; a black cross sits on the table. A tall painting of a seated religious figure is placed above a marble chimneypiece. The marble floor is designed in a geometric pattern.

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  • Title: Sala del Thorvaldsen, Rome
  • Creator: Franz Heinrich
  • Date Created: 1845
  • Signed: Lower right, in red paint: F. Heinrich/ 1845.
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Jean-Francois Heim, Paris
  • Paper Support: Heavy white paper
  • Exhibitions: New York, CHNDM, House Proud, Nineteenth-century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 44.8 x 60.3 x 2.5 cm (17 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 27.5 x 33.5 cm (10 13/16 x 13 3/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 31, fig. 2; 104, pl. 36.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor, white gouache, graphite on heavy white paper