Active circa 1800
CEILING FRESCOES DEPICTING AURORA AND APOLLO, CIRCA 1800, AFTER GUIDO RENI (1575-1642)
Both watercolour and gouache on vellum, both surrounded by delicate polychrome panels of grotteschi, gryphons and putti
each 300 by 510 mm (unframed)
each 380 by 680 mm (framed)
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Some flaking in gouache towards edges, but overall condition otherwise good. Colours very good and fresh.
Sold in fine period carved and gilded frames (not examined unframed)
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These vibrant and animated watercolours are after Guido Reni’s baroque ceiling frescoes, executed circa 1614, for the Casino dell’Aurora at the Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi, the Borghese palace in Rome. Commissioned by its first occupant and celebrated art collector, Cardinal Scipione Borghese, these frescoes are considered to be Reni’s chef d’oeuvre.
The watercolours depict Apollo in his chariot preceded by Dawn (Aurora) bringing light to the world and Aurora in her chariot.