Lot 207
  • 207

Circle of Francesco Galli Bibiena

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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  • Francesco Galli Bibiena
  • A capriccio of an elaborately decorated palace interior with figures banqueting, the cornices showing scenes from mythology
  • oil on canvas
  • 5/8 x 39 inches


Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 5 July 1989, lot 197, as circle of the Bibiena family, where acquired by the present collector.

Catalogue Note

This unusual view of an elaborately decorated baroque palace interior is possibly a study for a set design since the Bibiena family are known to have worked as theatrical architects; indeed, the figures shown dining are probably the protagonists of a play rather than mythological characters. Whilst the design is more likely to be a fantasy than a depiction of a real interior, it is an accomplished study in perspective and light. Alongside a depiction of Zeus in the centre of the composition, the marble reliefs show episodes from Greek mythology such as Diana appearing to Endymion, and Apollo and Ariadne. Other scenes are less clear but may represent Andromeda and the dragon, and Alexander and Diogenes.