Pen and brown ink and brown wash with graphite and accents of pink, purple-grey and deep blue-black wash
Sheet: 48.5 x 65.8 cm (19 1/8 x 25 7/8 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2011.192
Alfonso Parigi was the official court architect for the Medici, taking over after the death of his father, the great engineer, architect, and designer Giulio Parigi. Testifying to the Medici's interest in cultivating a culture of the macabre, this sheet is an elaborate study for the essequie (funerary rites) for the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II. Skulls and skeletons comingle with angels and garlands, and black draperies would have been hung to transform the church into a strange, macabre world. The Medici also commissioned artists and designers to create apparati, theatrical stage settings that were similarly elaborate, hell-like scenes. Designed only three years before the young Rosa would come to the court, this haunting sheet displays the grotesque artistic fantasia that was in vogue in Florence when Rosa arrived.
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