Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002)
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Coat of Arms of the Rezzonico Family, capped by a Princely Crown and Supported by Two Winged Victories
Giuseppe Cades (Italian, 1750 - 1799)
1767 to 1779
Pen and brown ink and brown wash
17.3 × 18.1 cm (6 13/16 × 7 1/8 in.)
Gift of Bridget and Andrea Rothe
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
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