Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART: Villa Borghese; Egyptian Room Ceiling

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title: 
Villa Borghese; Egyptian Room Ceiling
Alternate Title: 
Villa Borghese; Sala Egizia Fresco
Image View: 
Detail, planetary gods; the Moon (Diana or Artemis)
Creator: 
Giovanni Battista Marchetti (Italian painter, 1730-1800); Tommaso Conca (Italian painter, 1734-1822)
Location: 
repository: Villa Borghese (Rome, Lazio, Italy)
Location Note: 
Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5
GPS: 
+41.914+12.492
Date: 
ca. 1779-1782 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Italian
Style Period: 
Baroque; Eighteenth century
Work Type 1: 
ceiling
Work Type 2: 
fresco (painting)
Classification: 
Paintings
Material: 
pigment on plaster (fresco)
Technique: 
fresco painting (technique); grisaille
Subjects: 
allegory; mythology (Classical); Astronomy; Nile River; Anthony and Cleopatra; trompe l'oeill; interior design
Description: 
The room was specially designed by the architect Antonio Asprucci, between 1779 and 1782 to house the Egyptian statues from the collection. At the center of the vault is the Nile River with his sons, the beneficial floods, and the goddess Cybele by Tommaso Maria Conca. Surrounding this, inside banded panels, are the planetary deities; Moon, Jupiter, Uranus (represented as Anubis with a dog's head), Saturn, Venus, Mars, Sun and Mercury by Giovanni Battista Marchetti. Immediately under the frame of the vault are eight paintings by Conca which illustrate the events of Antonio and Cleopatra. (Source: Galleria Borghese [website]; http://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it)
Collection: 
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier: 
7A1-MACHET-BG-ERC-A11
Rights: 
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.