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Domenico Zampieri, called Domenichino

Study for a section of the decoration of a room with a vaulted ceiling, including the coat of arms of Pope Gregory XV (Ludovisi), and the wall below with indications of compartments with wainscoting

Domenico Zampieri, called Domenichino

Domenico Zampieri, called Domenichino

Study for a section of the decoration of a room with a vaulted ceiling, including the coat of arms of Pope Gregory XV (Ludovisi), and the wall below with indications of compartments with wainscoting

Study for a section of the decoration of a room with a vaulted ceiling, including the coat of arms of Pope Gregory XV (Ludovisi), and the wall below with indications of compartments with wainscoting

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Domenico Zampieri, called Domenichino

Bologna 1581 - 1641 Naples

Study for a section of the decoration of a room with a vaulted ceiling, including the coat of arms of Pope Gregory XV (Ludovisi), and the wall below with indications of compartments with wainscoting



Pen and brown ink and brown and colored washes over traces of black chalk

255 by 316 mm; 10 by 12½ in.

Laid down. Overall in good condition. Light foxing and brown stains lower left and lower centre on the mount. A tiny tear near the lower right corner and another small tear, lower centre. Media is strong and vibrant throughout. Sold unframed.


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John Skippe (1741-1812), Ledbury (on his mount)
Richard E. Spear, Domenichino, New Haven and London 1982, vol. I, p. 98, vol. II, reproduced fig. 412

As Richard Spear observed (see Literature), this fascinating sheet can be dated to the brief pontificate of Pope Gregory XV (Ludovisi, 1621-1623), as the design incorporates the papal tiara surmounting the Ludovisi arms; the actual project to which it relates remains, however, unidentified. A number of architectural projects are known to have been envisaged during these years, but most of them, including the Ludovisi Villa in Rome, were either never actually realized before the pontiff's untimely death, or have subsequently been destroyed.  


Stylistically, Spear noted close parallels with preliminary studies by Domenichino, now at Windsor, for the stucco decorations of the choir in the Roman church of Sant'Andrea della Valle,drawings which date to 1622-27. The Windsor studies are, however, executed only in pen and ink and brown wash, and indeed the present sheet is the only known study by Domenichino that is enriched with colored wash, suggesting that it was made as a kind of presentation drawing. Interestingly, it also includes the image of a Pope and two prelates in one of the riquadri, figures that may well represent Gregory XV, with the Cardinal nepote Ludovico Ludovisi kneeling in front of him.


1. Windsor Castle, Royal Collection, RCIN 901552 and 910934; see Spear, op. cit., p. 254, under no. 88 xviii, figs. 267-268