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The Landing of Columbus in America, study for a painting (destroyed in 1777) for the Sala del Minor Consiglio, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa

Christopher Columbus1715–18

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Composition shows Columbus and his retinue landing in the New World. Columbus, standing at left between a monk with a crucifux and a soldier with a banner, raises his head and arms in prayer. Other men cluster around him or beach long boats at right; masts of two ships are shown in left distance. Groups of naked Indians flee in terror or kneel before the invaders. At center, above rock, is allegorical figure of Faith with Cross, Host and Chalice, borne up by angels.

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  • Title: The Landing of Columbus in America, study for a painting (destroyed in 1777) for the Sala del Minor Consiglio, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
  • Creator: Christopher Columbus
  • Date Created: 1715–18
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash over black chalk on two sheets (joined) on cream laid paper
  • Viewing Notes: Francesco Solimena (Italian, 1657-1747)The Landing of Columbus in America, study for a painting (destroyed in 1777) for the Sala del Minor Consiglio, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, 1715-18Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash over black chalk on two sheets (joined) of cream laid paper260 x 541 mm (10 ¼ x 21 5/16 in.)Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian InstitutionGift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde, 1960-1-92Photo: Ken Pelka © Smithsonian Institution
  • Paper Support: Cream laid paper
  • Inscribed: Inscribed in pen and brown ink at lower left: 37 [36 crossed out]; on verso: 270
  • Exhibitions: Art in Italy, 1600-1700, The Detroit Institute of Arts, April 6, 1965 - May 9, 1965The Last Flowering of Religious Art, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York, February 16 1968 - March 31, 1968 The Two Sicilies, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, New York, February 4, 1970 - March 20, 1970Jewitt Arts Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, September 12, 1970 - November 22, 1970Drawings from New York Collections: the 18th Century in Italy, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, January 30, 1971 - March 21, 1971 Four Continents, Renwick Gallery, NCFA, January 25, 1972 - February 25, 1972Carlo Maratti and His Contemporaries: Figurative Drawings from the Roman Baroque, Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art, University Park, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1975 - March 16, 1975Old Master Drawings from American Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, April 29, 1976 - June 13, 1976The Golden Age of Naples, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, February 10, 1981 - May 2, 1981Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, August 10, 1981 - October 10, 1981The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, New York, March 26, 1991 - August 30, 1993Genoa, Drawings and Prints 1530-1800, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, April 23, 1996 - July 10, 1996
  • Dimensions: 10 1/4 x 21 5/16 in. (26 x 54.1 cm)
  • Bibliography: Wunder, Richard P. "Solimena Drawings in the Cooper Union Museum: A New Discovery and Others," The Art Quarterly, Vol. XXIV, 2 (Summer 1961), 151-164; fig. 1, 153 recto; fig. 4, 155 verso.Cummings, F. C. and intro by Rudolph Wittkower, Art in Italy, 1600 - 1700. (Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1965), 150, no. 167The Heckscher Museum, The Last Flowering of Religious Art. (Huntington, New York: The Heckscher Museum, 1968), no. 37.Dee, Elaine Evans. The Two Sicilies, Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. (New York: Finch College Museum of Art, 1970), 15, no. 25 (illus.)Voitzthum, Walter, "Neapolitan Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum," Burlington Magazine (April, 1970), 264.Bean, J. and F. Stampfle, Drawings from New York Collections, The 18th Century in Italy (NY:Metropolitan Museum of Art & J.P. Morgan Library, 1971), 21, cat. no. 1 (ill.).The Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art, Carlo Maratti and His Contemporaries. (University Park, PA: Penn. State University, 1975), no. 59, fig. no. 72.Feinblatt, Ebria. Old Master Drawings from American Collections. (Los Angeles: L. A. County Museum of Art, 1976), 104-105, cat. no. 127(ill).Art Institute of Chicago and Detroit Institute of Arts, The Golden Age of Naples (Detroit: D.I.A. with Chicago: A.I.C., 1981), Vol 2, 268-269, 92 (illus.).Hersey, George and Judith Colton. A Taste for Angels: Neapolitan Painting in North America, 1750 - 1950. (New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1987), 179, pl. 75.Bambach, Carmen and Nadine M. Orenstein, with an essay by William M. Griswold, Genoa Drawings and Prints, 1530-1800. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996, p. 86, cat. no. 102 (illus.).

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