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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Design for Illusionary Wall Painting
Work Type
c. 1570
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink, brown wash over graphite (?) on off-white antique laid paper
actual: 37.3 x 29.9 cm (14 11/16 x 11 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: "M" and star in a shield--Briquet 8390-92 (Florence 1529; Ferrara 1580)
  • inscription: u.r., brown ink, Italian: In questo vano si puó dipingere un paese con la veduta di Step[han]o Rotondo et coloseo et altre anticaglie [translation: In this bay one could paint a landscape with the view of S. Stefano Rotondo and the Colosseum and other antiquities [translation by Cammy Brothers, Ph.D candidate, Art History and Architecture Department, Jan., 1999)]


Recorded Ownership History
H. (?) N. Baron von Slingelandt. information from B. Weinreb
H. (?) Bosch Reitz, Laren, Netherlands (?), by descent from his great grandfather. Gt. Grandfather: H. (?) N. Baron von Slingelandt; information from B. Weinreb
B. Weinreb Limited, London, sold to Seiden & de Cuevas, Inc., 1980. (Seiden & de Cuevas is now known as Vermeer Associates, Ltd)
Seiden & de Cuevas, Inc., Brampton, Ontario, Canada, purchased from B. Weinreb Limited, London, 6, sold to HUAM, 1998.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of an anonymous donor and the Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Fund in honor of F. Gordon and Elizabeth Morrill
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Lynda Fairbairn, Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, Azimuth Editions Ltd. and Sir John Soane's Museum (London, 1998), p. 366

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