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AN EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY WATERCOLOR OF THE ORIGIN OF THE CORINTHIAN COLUMN, AFTER GIACONDO ALBERTOLLI

Italian. Signed and Dated Giacomo Zalli, 1832.

Measurements

Framed: Height: 20 1/2" (52 cm); Width: 25 1/2" (64.5 cm).

Research
Watercolor on paper.

Marks:
Inscribed on lower left ZALLI GIACOMO Fece 1832

This watercolor is executed after an original engraving by Giacondo Albertolli (1743–1839), a Swiss-born architect, painter and sculptor who was active as a student and stuccoist in Italy from the 1760s onward. He was most known for his designs for architectural ornament and was elected professor of ornamenti architettonici at the Brera Academy in Milan in 1776. He was employed in the decoration of churches, palaces and public buildings in Italy, and in 1809 was made Knight of the Iron Crown by Napoleon I.

Throughout his life, Albertolli published a number of treatises on art, including Corso elementare di ornamenti architettonici in 1805, in which the present design was included as plate XXV (figure 1). The caption for this “Origin of the Corinthian Column” reads: “Callimaco, a Greek sculptor, having seen at random a basket, around which an Acanthus plant had negligently raised its foliage, and its stems, conceived the idea of the Corinthian capital.”

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.