• Fragment of a Plafond at Hadrian's Villa

    Artist:
    Clérisseau, Charles-Louis. 1721-1820
    Technique:
    pen and ink
    Dimensions:
    18х25 cm

Clérisseau, Charles-Louis. 1721-1820

Fragment of a Plafond at Hadrian's Villa

France, 18th century

Clerisseau copied two outer ornamental bands (divided by a wide empty band in the original) from the moulded plafond on the vault of the nymphaeum of Hadrian's Villa (cat. 100). Clerisseau met Piranesi in the early 1750s, at the time when they together visited Hadrian's Villa. One can assume that Clerisseau’s drawings were done at this particular time after his own sketches from nature. At the same time, knowing his practice of copying the existing ‘engravings and old drawings’, [Observations 1778–1779], one cannot exclude the possibility that he used some depiction of the plafond that he could access, ‘ that had been known at least since the 17th century and <...> and is still well preserved in the northern part of the Villa’ [Wilton-Ely 1994]. At the same time the character of some details is slightly different from those depicted by Piranesi. It is likely that Clerisseau copied that fragment not from nature but from some engraved or drawn representation. The ceiling decoration elaborately executed by Piranesi contains ornamental bands framing the central panel with a rosette. The bands represent elaborate friezes of palmettes and grape vines, shields, rhombs and squares with rosettes and floral candelabra. The fifth plain band was probably decorated with a decorative frieze, the plaster still bears the multicoloured traces, along with the graffiti executed during the visit to the Villa. Comments by Valery Shevchenko

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Fragment of a Plafond at Hadrian's Villa

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pen and ink

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18х25 cm

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ОР-1853

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