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La chapelle Pauline illuminée, dans le Vatican, pendant la celebration de la messe (The Pauline Chapel Illuminated, from the Vatican, During the Celebration of the Mass)
  • Francesco Piranesi, artist
    1756–1810
    born: Rome, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; died: Paris, France
    Louis-Jean Desprez
    1743–1804
    born: Auxerre, France ; died: Stockholm, Sweden
  • La chapelle Pauline illuminée, dans le Vatican, pendant la celebration de la messe (The Pauline Chapel Illuminated, from the Vatican, During the Celebration of the Mass), 1787
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • etching, watercolor, gouache
  • Paper Type: wove(?), affixed to laid paper "French
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 698 x 450 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 765 x 565 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 27 1/2 x 17 11/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 30 1/8 x 22 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 36 x 30 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1999.0192.02
Description

Interior cathedral scene with figures in foreground, angel sculptures on both sides center. Perspective view receding towards altar at center. Handcolored with watercolor layers, with white and red gouache heightening.