Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002)
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The Courtyard of a Palace: Project for a Stage
Filippo Juvarra (Italian, 1678 - 1736)
Pen and brown ink, gray and brown wash, over black chalk
20.3 × 19.1 cm (8 × 7 1/2 in.)
This study for an elaborate
Filippo Juvarra sketched the architecture with quick, fluid strokes that easily captured the lavish setting. His freely moving pen suggested a delicate pattern in the arching dome underneath the fountain and the fringed edge of the stage curtain overhead. Broad strokes of
Juvarra produced this drawing and seven others in the process of designing the stage sets for an opera that was first performed at a Roman theater in 1714. Though he did not use this design in that production, he may have transformed this sketch into another scheme during the development of the project.