Exceptional Empire fireplace with caryatids in Carrara marble - Marble
Exceptional Empire fireplace with caryatids (Reference 2944). This mantel is inspired from the antiquity, especially caryatids, which were often used in Roman and Greek temples. Those monuments were visited during the Grand Tour by people of the Upper class.
Designed and hand colored by Louis Jean Desprez | The Girandola at the Castel Sant'Angelo | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Girandola at the Castel SantAngelo, Etching with hand-coloring, The MET. This drawing depict the fireworks sponsored by the papacy in 1471. Designed by Louis Jean Desprez (French, Auxerre 1743–1804 Stockholm). Etched by Francesco Piranesi (Italian, Rome 1758–1810 Paris). This subject depict glorious time of Rome, dreamed by travellers of the Grand Tour.
After a design by Robert Adam | Dining room from Lansdowne House | British | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dining room from Lansdowne House, 1766-1769. Several people were working together to create the typical Grand Tour inspired interior : designed by the architect Robert Adam (1728-1792), the plaster ceiling painted by Joseph Rose (1746-1799), the woodwork carved by John Gilbert, the marble chimneypiece supplied by John Devall & Co. The inspiration here is obviously Palladio.
Marble sarcophagus with the Triumph of Dionysos and the Seasons | Roman | Late Imperial, Gallienic | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Marble sarcophagus with the Triumph of Dionysos and the Seasons, Late Imperial, Gallienic (AD 260-270), Marble, The MET collection. This piece of art is what was left of an antique sarcophagus. Those horizontals compositions were very popular from the 17 to the 19th century. Great classical painters used it, from Poussin to David.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi | Veduta dell'Anfiteatro Flavio detto il Colosseo, from: 'Vedute di Roma' (Views of Rome) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Veduta dellAnfiteatro Flavio detto il Colosseo, from: Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), 1776, Etching, MET. Piranesi's engravings were a typial souvenir travellers brought home after their Grand Tour.
Pompeo Batoni | Portrait of a Young Man | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Pompeo Batoni (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome), Portrait of a Young Man, 1760-65, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sitter of this picture has not been identified, but he may be French. He is shown with some of Batoni's favorite props: an ancient bas-relief of Antinous, a statue of Minerva, an armillary sphere, guidebooks to ancient and modern Rome, a volume of biographies of painters, and the second part of Homer's Odyssey.