Carlo Innocenzo Carlone

The Assumption of the Virgin: a Design for the Ceiling Fresco at S. Maria degli Angeli, Brescia

c. 1754
A master of exquisite ceiling decorations, Carloni was also a prolific draughtsman that produced multiple sketches followed by a painted "bozzetto" for each of his creations. Despite the existence of several decorations by Carloni featuring the Virgin's Assumption - a subject well suited to church ceilings - the unusual shape of the frame within which it is drawn connects it directly and decisively to the main vault fresco of the Santa Maria degli Angeli church in Brescia. Although Carloni did not include the surrounding illusionistic architecture or "quadratura" in his drawing, the conspicuous shape of the design makes the viewer immediately aware of its intended purpose as a two-dimensional architectural decoration. Nevertheless, in keeping with the style of this exuberant Rococo artist, he did not confine his composition to the interior of the frame.
Title
The Assumption of the Virgin: a Design for the Ceiling Fresco at S. Maria degli Angeli, Brescia
Date
c. 1754
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink with grey wash over graphite on laid paper
Dimensions
48.2 x 29.6 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1948
Accession number
5525