Agostino Mitelli

Detail of a Design for an Illusionistic Ceiling Decoration

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Agostino Mitelli is renowned as a foremost exponent of "quadratura", a painting technique that simulates architectonic depth on a two-dimensional surface, most often a ceiling, using an overwhelmingly realistic perspectival illusion, of which the design on the recto of this sheet is a characteristic specimen. Mitelli learned this art from Girolamo Curti, whose work is also featured in this installation. As well as ceiling enframements, Mitelli also excelled in wall decoration: the design on the verso with a pointed arch surmounted by a vase and flanking figures illustrates this other facet of illusionistic architecture with which Mitelli embellished both sacred and secular spaces.
Title
Detail of a Design for an Illusionistic Ceiling Decoration
Date
unknown
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink on blue laid paper
Dimensions
23.7 x 17.1 cm irregular
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1976
Accession number
18722r