Foggini, the leading court artist to Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, drew masterful studies for sculpture, bronzes, furniture, reliquaries, and other metalwork. The frame in this drawing was likely designed for a large-scale decoration in stucco, perhaps for an ecclesiastical setting. It was common to work up only one side of a frame, as the other side would be a mirror image. The artist’s quick, confident strokes and boldly decorative composition epitomize the dramatic late Baroque style.
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- Titles Study for a Frame (Proper)
- Artist Giovanni Battista Foggini, Italy, Florentine, 1652 - 1725
- Medium pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over black chalk, on laid paper
- Dimensions 37 3/8 x 20 5/16 in. (95 x 51.6 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the Beaux Arts Krewe, 2003.31
- Work Type drawing
- Classification Drawings
- Signature 2 watermarks repeated several times: and eagle; and [see worksheet]
- Marks 2 watermarks repeated several times: and eagle; and [see worksheet]
- Inscription Center left, in pen and brown ink: Disegno per(?) / Adornamento del ultimo / Cornicione della cappella / di S. Lorenzo di Firenze / fate dal Bernino Scultore [sideways]