Santa Maria del Priorato, Rome, Alternative Design for the High Altar

Carlo Marchionni1724–30

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Description: vertical format; made for a prelate connected with the Maltese order, and having a coat of arms - Priors of Malta (E. Kieven, 3/10/93) at top (framed by garlands in front of shell); in front of lateral panels of mensa and in the coach; the sepulchrum has the shape of a sar-cophagus, with a monogram of crossed P; the tabernacle is in middle of central part of altar; it serves as a base for standing angel, at left, and kneeling angel, at right; both have clouds beneath their feet; angels support the oval image of the Virgin in clouds, with St. John the Baptist and a saint bishop; on top of frame are two putti; walls of apse are decorated with pillars and embedded Ionic style and fluted columns; at right is a priest and a gentleman; two ink framing lines. (RB '45)


  • Title: Santa Maria del Priorato, Rome, Alternative Design for the High Altar
  • Creator: Carlo Marchionni
  • Creator Lifespan: 1702/1786
  • Date Created: 1724–30
  • Physical Dimensions: w459 x h671 cm
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • Medium: Pen and black ink, gray wash, black chalk on white laid paper
  • Provenance: Giovanni Piancastelli; Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee
  • Paper Support: White laid paper
  • Markings: Marks: IV and Strasburg lily with beehive hanging below, above C I HONIG (RB '45)
  • Exhibitions: New York - CHNDM, The Cooepr-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource, MArch 26, 1991-August 1992; exhibited in rotation 1: March 26 - July 8, 1991.
  • Dimensions: 67.1 x 45.9 cm (26 7/16 x 18 1/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Fischer, Manfred S., "Die Unbaupläne des Giovanni Battista Piranesi für den Chor von S. Giovanni in Laterano", Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst XIX, l968, pp. 225-26, fig. 18.

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