Coat of Arms of the Rezzonico Family, capped by a Princely Crown and Supported by Two Winged Victories

Object Details

Title:

Coat of Arms of the Rezzonico Family, capped by a Princely Crown and Supported by Two Winged Victories

Artist/Maker(s):

Giuseppe Cades (Italian, 1750 - 1799)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1767 - 1779

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brown wash

Dimensions:

17.3 x 18.1 cm (6 13/16 x 7 1/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Bridget and Andrea Rothe

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Underneath a prince's crown, two winged figures of Victory hold up the coat of arms of the Rezzonico family. A simple border of curved lines encircles the sculptured medallion.

An unknown Italian artist quickly sketched this design to work out his ideas. Using a pen and brown ink, he experimented with different angles for the outstretched arms of the Victories and for the crown. Loosely applied areas of wash define the women's breasts, wings, and legs. A band of wash around the edge of the circle lifts the design to suggest a more three-dimensional form.

From the 1500s onwards, drawings became essential tools for artists to communicate their ideas to patrons and other craftsmen. This design could have been used for fresco or stucco work or for decoration on an object such as a maiolica plate.

Exhibitions
Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 5 to May 12, 2002