Unfinished plan for a decorated ceiling, including an allegory of divine wisdom and the arts
Unfinished plan for a decorated ceiling, including an allegory of divine wisdom and the arts
  • Pietro Bracci (designer)
  • Pietro Bracci (draughtsman)

Unfinished plan for a decorated ceiling, including an allegory of divine wisdom and the arts


between 1715 and 1773


- This rendering of a project for decorating a rectangular ceiling is unfinished, the central panel is completed but only one corner is shown. Much of the design was probably intended to be executed in stucco. The format of the decoration, with a cropped rectangular central panel and a thick decorative border with sways, garlands, and putti, suggests that the ceiling is coved. The scene in the central panel is an allegory of Music.

Quantity / Object type:
1 drawing(s)
Stage and Purpose:
  • preliminary drawing
  • record drawing
Technique and media:

Pen and brown ink, brown wash, and white gouache, over black chalk


sheet: 35.2 x 52.7 cm

Reference number:


Drawing Type:
  • finished drawing
Method of Projection:
  • plan (drawing)
  • ceiling plan (drawing)
Physical characteristics and technical requirements:

- The sheet has an old vertical fold down the c. The drawing is framed by a pen and brown ink border and with black chalk at the b. edge. This border and is flush with the t. edge, suggesting that the sheet has been cut down.


numbered - by an unknown hand, in graphite, u.l.: "30"; and verso, l.r.: 30"

  • interior design
Subject Descriptive Terms:
  • stucco
  • ceiling
  • cove ceiling
  • allegory
  • decorated ceiling
Credit line:
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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