Tombeau monumental avec trois femmes adossées from the series "Tombeaux"

Jean-Laurent Le Geay1768, published 1770

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A monumental vase upon a pedestal is visible through vegetation and architectural ruins. The vase is decorated with a variety of ornamental motifs, such as swags and Greek key, and is supported by four figures. In the foreground immediately before the vase are two female figures.

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  • Title: Tombeau monumental avec trois femmes adossées from the series "Tombeaux"
  • Creator: Jean-Laurent Legeay
  • Date Created: 1768, published 1770
  • Viewing Notes: A contemporary of Piranesi, Legeay studied at the Ecole des Arts in Paris prior to winning the Prix de Rome in 1732. He worked closely with the Italian artist and developed a distinctive label for those who explored the relationship between architecture and painting - the architect-peintures, characterized by intricate compositions of imaginary architectural settings, often dominated by massive vase forms or ruined temples overwhelmed by vegetation.
  • Provenance: ex-collection Whitney Warren
  • Physical Dimensions: w215 x h300 cm
  • Paper Support: Cream laid paper
  • Inscribed: Etched in lower left corner: J.L. Le Geay inv et sculp
  • Exhibitions: CHNDM - Excavating the Vocabulary of Design: 18th Century Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection. [Ground floor gallery], November 4, 2005 - January 8, 2008.
  • Dimensions: 30 x 21.5cm (11 13/16 x 8 7/16in.)
  • Bibliography: L'art architectural, decoratif, industriel et somputaire de l'epoque Louis XVI Auguste Schoy Liege: C. Clausen, 1868, vol. II, no. 105.Les maitres ornemanistes, dessinateurs, peintres, architectes, sculpteurs et graveures Desire Guilmard Paris: E. Plon et cie, 1880-81, p. 238.Katalog der ornamentstichsammlung der staatlichen kunstbibliothek Berlin H. Schmitz Berlin, 1939, vol. II, p. 721.Essays in the History of Architecture Presented to Rudolph Wittkower John Harris Le Geay, Piranesi and Internationl Neoclassicism in Rome (1740-1750) 1967, fig. 6.L'architecture au pinceau: Jean-Laurent Legeay Un Piranesien Francais dans l'Europe des Lumieres Gilbert Erouart Paris: Electa Moniteur, 1982, p. 229, cat. no. 135 (illus. no. 72).
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Gift of Whitney Warren
  • Medium: Etching on cream laid paperSupport: cream laid paper


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