Antonio Verrio Sketch for a Ceiling Decoration: An Assembly of the Gods c.1680–1700

Artwork details

Artist
Antonio Verrio 1639–1707
Title
Sketch for a Ceiling Decoration: An Assembly of the Gods
Date c.1680–1700
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1692 x 829 mm
frame: 1945 x 1090 x 133 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1967
Reference
T00916

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This sketch depicts an assembly of classical gods, with the sun-god Apollo in his chariot at the top. The design is full of incident and includes so many figures that some seem to be falling out of the fictive sky into the real space below.

This design was for a ceiling of an aristocratic patron, and was probably intended for a room at Moor Park Hall, Hertfordshire. Is it possible to detect a distinct ‘aristocratic’ taste in such designs?

March 2011

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