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Architectural Drawing (Study for a Stage Design)

The Galli-Bibiena family was famous for its innovative stage designs based primarily on architecture. This is a marvelous example of their contribution to the scena per angolo, a stage design that visually lures the spectator down a multiplicity of tantalizing diagonal recessions. The setting has a Venetian flavor, with a canal and bridge and a grand palace on the left. On the right, the fanciful archway, replete with figures, is made up of classical elements reminiscent of Renaissance architecture inspired by the antique.

Attributed to Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena
Italian, 1696–1756
Architectural Drawing (Study for a Stage Design)
First half of 18th century
Brown ink and brown ink wash on paper
Image: 7 7/8 x 9 15/16 in. (20.0 x 25.2 cm); sheet: 10 ½ x 12 ¾ in. (26.7 x 32.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Evan F. Lilly Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 80.53