The soldiers or heroic vision

Duilio Cambellotti, I guerrieri o Visione eroica

Duilio Cambellotti

Material and technique: 
Cartoon for the stained-glass
alt. 1190 mm larg. 520 mm
Collezione Cambellotti, Roma
M CC 1

This cartoon of for the great work of stained-glass displayed in Rome in 1912 at the First Exhibition of Stained-glass is also known as Herois Vision. It shows, within a lancet, a group of soldiers carrying lances and shields and wearing heavy armour, which contrasts with the naked body of a sleeping child, in the arms of the warrior in the centre of the composition. In the lunette, between the dense shafts of the lances, the gloomy blue of the sky shows through; leaves fall from it, and also lie on the ground. Among the many possbile iconographic references recovered rom the histories and legends of the medieval world, it has particular resonances the epic tales of Northern Europe, in particular those of the myth of the Nieblungenleid, filtered through the Wagnerian version of the myth, which Cambellotti knew well.

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall


The hall was added to the pre-existing nineteenth century building in 1909 when Prince Giovanni Torlonia decided to transform the picturesque and rustic Swiss Cabin into an elaborate country house in which to live. The date is clearly stated in the writing on the fine majolica floor, which also includes the prince’s initials.

Going through the entrance by the small portico, you find yourself in front the original wall of the Swiss Cabin, retained unchanged, with its portico and its paint work, which mimics wall facings of rustic stucco.

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