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A seated female figure (Temperance) looking to the right, her r. hand in her lap
Black and white chalk, squared in black chalk, on light brown paper, black ink framing lines
Verso: studies of a young boy holding a jug and bowl
Black chalk, on light brown paper
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Height: 365 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A preparatory study for the figure of Temperance, one of the four lunette frescoes painted by Andrea Appiani in 1808 for the Throne Room in the Royal Palace, Milan. These lunettes surrounded a central ceiling fresco of 'The Apotheosis of Napoleon'. Earlier, Appiani had frescoed another room in the palace, the Sala dei Fasti Napoleoni, with scenes from Napoleon's battles. The Royal Palace, near the Duomo, was badly damaged during the Second World War and consequently the surviving frescoes have been removed to the Sala dell'Appiani in the neoclassical Villa Carlotta, at Tremezzo on Lake Como.
The figure is recognisable as Temperance because she holds the bit of a bridle in her right hand. Her other attributes, the bridle itself and the pouring of water from a pitcher into a goblet, are held by the two putti on either side of her in the lunette. On the verso of the drawing is a rough sketch, in black chalk, for the putto pouring water to the right of Temperance.
Lit.: A. Zanchi, 'Andrea Appiani,' Bologna, 1995, pp. 1856, fig. 10
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 Jun-Nov, BM, Recent Acquisitions Part I, no cat.
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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.
An unidentified collector's mark lower left corner
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