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Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title:
Villa Borghese; Egyptian Room Ceiling
Alternate Title:
Villa Borghese; Sala Egizia Fresco
Image View:
Detail, trompe l'oeill effects with grisaille Egyptian statue and putti who seem to fly across the decorative banding
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://galleriaborgh ese.beniculturali.it )
Collection:
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier:
7A1-MACHET-BG-ERC-A2 1
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Villa Borghese; Egyptian Room Ceiling