Stage Curtain: Minerva Honoring the Poets on Parnassus

Felice Gianica. 1815

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

A group of female figures dressed in Classical garments are sitting and standing in the foreground. To the left, is a monument comprised of a base, round pedestal, and bust of man's head. Three flying figures are suspended directly above the monument. Further to the left, is a stool upon which sits an incense burner. Behind the stool are two tall pedestals with busts. Behind the foreground grouping, to the right, is a round, colonnaded building with an inscription. Directly behind the group is a smoke-filled middle ground. In the distance another colonnaded building is visible. A curtain frames the entire scene.


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