A Hall in a Palace with Caryatids Supporting a Gallery.

A Hall in a Palace with Caryatids Supporting a Gallery.

A Hall in a Palace with Caryatids Supporting a Gallery. Design for a stage setting, possibly for the opera Scipio by Francesca Araja, produced at the Court Theatre, St Petersburg, 29 August 1745
Guiseppe Valeriani (1708-1762)
Russia
About 1745
Ink, brown wash and pencil on laid paper
Width 24.5 cm x height 28.1cm
Museum no. E.4897-1960

The back of this drawing has been blackened and the tricky perspective lines of the architecture have been indented. This will have been to facilitate their transfer to another sheet. The caryatids would have been easier to add freehand.