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'Allegory of Temperance' and the 'Death of Adonis', detail from the ceiling fresco by Luca Giordano in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, one of 71 drawings made for the Abbé de Saint-Non in 1761 on a journey from Naples to France. 1761
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Height: 293 millimetres
Width: 202 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For commentary on this group of black chalk Fragonard drawing see 1936,0509.1.
The detail from Giordano's ceiling fresco is one of eight (seven of which are in the BM) copied from the gallery of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi (Rosenberg and Brejon De Lavergnée 1986, nos 156-163, pp. 372-374). Saint-Non wrote admiringly of the ceiling in his journal: 'pour moi, c'est une des choses qui m'ait fait le plus de plaisir dans toute l'Italie' (for me, it is one of the works that has given me most pleasure in all of Italy). A counterproof after this drawing is in a private collection, Paris (Ananoff no. 1073)
Lit.: E. Senior, 'Drawings made in Italy by Fragonard', "Old Master Drawings", XI, 1936, pp.5-9; A. Ananoff, 'L'oeuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806): catalogue raisonné', Paris, 1963, II, no. 1072, p. 180, fig. 295; P. Rosenberg and B. Brejon De Lavergnée, 'Panopticon italiano: un diario di viaggio ritrovato, 1759-1761', Rome, 1986, no. 156, p. 372
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- Inherited by Mrs Whatley from the Meyrick family.
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