3 July 2018
Giuseppe Galli Bibiena (Parma 1696-1757 Berlin)
The interior of S. Maria in Aracoeli, Rome
inscribed 'Prospettiva Reale della chiesa d'Araceli. Capelle papale tenutari nella medesima per l'ottovario solenne di S. Margherita di Cortone Per disposizione del Reverendissimo Pré Giuseppe Mattei [?] A' Erora Procuratore gñle di tutto l'Ordine.'
red chalk, pen and brown ink, grey wash
17 5/8 x 23 in. (44.6 x 58.4 cm)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 18 February 1991, lot 298.
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Close in subject, size and execution to a drawing showing a court celebration at the Hofburg Winter Riding School in Vienna on 7 January 1744, in the Albertina (inv. 7238).
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