Agostino Mitelli

Wall Decoration with an Arch

unknown
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
Wall Decoration with an Arch
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
18722v