Israël Silvestre, Panorama of the Vatican from the Dome of St. Peter’s, 1641. Graphite, gray and brown wash, with watercolor over traces of black chalk on three joined pieces of cream antique laid paper, framing lines in brown ink. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer, 1961.7. © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1961.7
People
Israël Silvestre, French (Nancy 1621 - 1691 Paris)
Title
Panorama of the Vatican from the Dome of St. Peter's
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1641
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Graphite, gray and brown wash, and watercolor over traces of black chalk on three joined pieces of cream antique laid paper, framing lines in brown ink, laid down on cream antique laid paper
Dimensions
33.5 x 113.5 cm (13 3/16 x 44 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: none
  • watermark: crown surmounted by a star [on each joined sheet]
Provenance
Montagu Henry Edmund Cecil Towneley-Bertie, 8th Earl of Abingdon and 13th Earl of Lindsey, London and Gilmilnscroft House, East Ayrshire; sale, Sotheby’s, London, 17 July, 1935, part of lot 5; Colnaghi, London (by 1935); Philip and Frances L. Hofer, Boston, gift; to Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer, inv. no. 1961.7
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer
Accession Year
1961
Object Number
1961.7
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
on three sheets of cream antique laid paper: first join at 23 cm from the left edge; second join 44.5 cm further to the right
Publication History

Gustavus Mayer, Exhibition of Drawings of Rome and Italy in the XVIIth Century by Israel Silvestre (1621–1691), exh. cat., P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. (London, 1935), cat. no. 13, n.p

H. Granville Fell, "Drawings by Israel Silvestre, 1621-91", The Connoisseur, Hearst Corporation (New York, 1936), vol. 97, January, pp. 18-22, pp. 21-22

Karl T. Parker, Hugh Macandrew, David Blayney Brown, Colin J. Bailey, and Jon Whiteley, Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, 1938-2000), vol. 1, p. 160

Annemarie Henle, Master Drawings: An Exhibition of Drawings from American Museums and Private Collections, exh. cat., Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate International Exposition (San Francisco, 1940), cat. no. 90, p. 97

Henry A. Millon, Baroque and Rococo Architecture, George Braziller (New York, 1961), p. 16

Henry A. Millon, "An Early Seventeenth-Century Drawing of the Piazza San Pietro", Art Quarterly, Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Society (Detroit, 1962), vol. 25, Autumn, pp. 229-41, pp. 229-41

Edmund N. Bacon, Design of Cities, Viking Press (New York, 1967), pp. 118-19

Pierre Rosenberg, French Master Drawings of the 17th & 18th Centuries in North American Collections / Dessins français du 17ème & du 18ème siècles des collections américaines, exh. cat., Secker & Warburg (London, 1972-1973), p. 211

Timothy K. Kitao, Circle and Oval in the Square of Saint Peter's: Bernini's Art of Planning, New York University Press and College Art Association of America (New York, 1974), p. 129-n.241

Jacques Thuillier, Claude Lorrain e i pittori lorenesi in Italia nel XVII secolo, exh. cat., De Luca (Rome, 1982), p. 362

Maria Luisa Scalvini, Le città immaginate: un viaggio in Italia, nove progetti per nove città, exh. cat., Electa (Milan, 1987), vol. 1, p. 34

Charles B. McClendon, "The History of the Site of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome", Perspecta, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, 1989), vol. 25, pp. 32-65, p. 41

Hilliard T. Goldfarb, From Fontainebleau to the Louvre: French Drawing from the Seventeenth-Century, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art/Indiana University Press (Cleveland, 1989), p. 91

Kirk Varnedoe, A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art Modern, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, 1990), p. 42

Tod A. Marder, Bernini's Scala Regia at the Vatican Palace, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 1997), p. 73

Tod A. Marder, Bernini and the Art of Architecture, Abbeville Press (New York, 1998), p. 73

Henry A. Millon, ed., The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe, 1600-1750, exh. cat., Rizzoli (New York, 1999), cat. no. 6, pp. 78-79, 428

Sarah McPhee, Bernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics at the Vatican, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2002), pp. 54, 63, 73, 77-78

Dorothy Metzger Habel, The Urban Development of Rome in the Age of Alexander VII, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2002), p. 266

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Drawings of Rome and Italy in the XVIIth Century by Israel Silvestre (1621–1691), P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., 10/01/1935 - 11/01/1935

Master Drawings: An Exhibition of Drawings from American Museums and Private Collections, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 01/01/1940 - 12/31/1940

The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe 1600-1750, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 12/09/1999 - 04/09/2000

Rome: Eternal City, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/20/2018 - 05/06/2018

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