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Study for a ceiling; Musical angels, circle of angels on clouds, playing various musical instruments, a group of putti at centre
Brush drawing in grey wash, touched with watercolour
Verso: Study for a ceiling; The Four Fathers of the Church, concentric circles of seated figures amongst clouds, including a man with an open book, another man before him writing on it
- Production date
- 1650-1659 (c.)
Height: 530 millimetres
Width: 406 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a rare example of Bramer's use of colour. The designs are probably created for a project of ceiling decorations for the clandestine churches in Delft or nearby towns.
Literature: J. Ten Brink Goldsmith et al., 'Leonaert Bramer 1596-1674: Ingenious painter and draughtsman in Rome and Delft', Zwolle and Delft, 1997, pp.234-235, cat.no.20 (also mentioned on p.232, under no.19 and on p.200, see also p.201 which illustrates a 'Ceiling Design with the Seven Virtues', a drawing in St Petersburg, Hermitage); W. Liedtke, M. Plomp and A. Rüger, 'Vermeer and the Delft School', exh.cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and The National Gallery London, 2001, pp.454-455, cat.no.105; P. Borusowski, 'Peeping through the keyhole: Leonaert Bramer's Perspectyfkas', in Journal of the National Museum in Warsaw New Series 1 (2012), pp.160-172 (esp. p.161).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984 BM, Master Drawings & Watercolours in the British Museum, no.93
1994 Sep-Nov, Delft, Prinsenhof, 'Leonaedt Bramer (1592-1678)', no.20
1996-7 BM, Recent Acquisitions
2001 Mar-May, New York, Met Mus of Art, 'Vermeer and the Delft School'
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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