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Lunette Design with an Allegory of Winter

Paolo Gerolamo Piola, Italian, 1666 - 1724

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1688

Brush and brown ink and brown wash with black chalk, heightened with white opaque watercolor, on laid paper toned with brown wash, mounted on paperboard

Sheet: 11 1/8 x 15 13/16 inches (28.3 x 40.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman and the Edgar Viguers Seeler Fund (by exchange), 1984

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Paolo Girolamo Piola was trained by his artist father, Domenico Piola, in Genoa, and the family studio produced secular and religious paintings in that city for decades. This impressive drawing is a study for a lunette-shaped decoration in the corner of a ceiling in a Brignole family palace, Palazzo Rosso, that now houses one of Genoa's principal art museums.