Grapes and Ivy

Duilio Cambellotti, Chiodo con edera e uva

Duilio Cambellotti

Material and technique: 
Preparatory cartoon
alt. 1588 mm larg. 1236 mm
Collezione Vetrate d’Arte Giuliani, Roma
M CC 34

This cartoon relates to the right part of Cambellotti’s stained glass, made for Prince Torlonia’s studio.
A sketch is displayed in the same room, which shows two variants: one with vine-trains, realistically rendered, and the other with ivy trains.
The combination of the sketch, the cartoon and the glass in the same place, allows the evolution of the artist’s creation to be traced from the first projected idea to the end result.
The motif of the vine-train was used many times in the decoration of the house to create a coherent continuity in its atmosphere.
It is also seen in the elegant white stucco of roses on the ceiling, in the frames around the room’s shutters and fabric wall-coverings.

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Stanza del chiodo

This room takes its name from the large piece of stained glass in the form of a nail, made by Duilio Cambellotti and elaborately decorated with vine leaves and bunches of grapes.
The motif is repeated in the delicate monochrome work in stucco which emphasises the panels of the ceiling and in the tondo at its centre, from which a chandelier of wrought iron originally hung.

The room was used as a studio by the Prince, but its furniture has been lost.

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