Monday, August 11, 2008

Pietro da Cortona: An Assumption

Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini) 1596 - 1669
Assumption of the Virgin
Chalk (black) on paper
Height: 42.9 cm; Width: 29.2 cm
Courtauld Intsitute, London

A High Baroque version on the subject of the Assumption. This is a preparatory drawing.

Incidentally, Cortona designed the stage set for the first performance, in Palazzo Barberini in 1632, of the opera Sant’Alessio (the libretto by Giulio Rospigliosi, the future Clement IX, and the music by Stefano Landi).

A talented artist, architect and writer, he was the Director of the artists` academy in Rome.

He also designed and prepared the settings for many Quarant`ore celebrations for many of the Churches in Rome.