Giovanni Alberti
Attributed to

Overdoor Decoration

c. 1590
The Alberti brothers Giovanni and Cherubino were leading decorative artists towards the end of the sixteenth century and beginning of the seventeenth. They distinguished themselves in large-scale frescoes in Rome, where they collaborated on numerous decorative projects. The strong foreshortening exhibited by some of the putti and the detailed shading of the broken pediment in the upper right of the recto of this drawing indicate that these preliminary designs were intended as fictive architecture. Plump cherubs feature as leitmotifs in the work of the Alberti brothers, in fact, the lunette-shaped flap pasted on the recto hides an additional angel. Likewise, a flying angel bearing a martyr's palm appears prominently on the overdoor decoration on the verso of the sheet.
Artist
Attributed to
Title
Overdoor Decoration
Date
c. 1590
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink with brown wash and graphite on tan laid paper, laid down on tan laid paper
Dimensions
32.6 x 20.2 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Gift of Sidney and Gladye Bregman, Toronto, 2000
Accession number
40590v

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