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Taddeo Zuccaro
A Man Seen from Behind [recto], c. 1555

red chalk heightened with white on laid paper
overall (approximate): 34.4 x 18.3 cm (13 9/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

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Nicolas Poussin
Modello for a Ceiling: Diana and the Dead Endymion, the Judgment of Paris, and the Death of Adonis,

pen and brown ink with brown wash over black chalk on laid paper
overall: 32 x 31.5 cm (12 5/8 x 12 3/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund

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Annibale Carracci
Satyr Holding a Roundel, 1597/1600

black chalk on gray-blue paper
overall: 38.3 x 25.9 cm (15 1/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund

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Jacob de Wit
Judgment of Paris,

red chalk on laid paper
overall: 33.2 x 46.1 cm (13 1/16 x 18 1/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Julius S. Held Collection, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

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Felice Giani
A Coffered Dome with Apollo and Phaeton, c. 1787

pen and brown ink with gray, blue, and pink washes over black chalk on wove paper
overall: 34.9 x 27 cm (13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

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Antoine Coypel
Cupid Stealing Venus' Floral Crown, 1705/1708

orange-red, white, and black chalk, squared for transfer in black chalk, on blue laid paper; laid down
overall: 32.9 x 24.1 cm (12 15/16 x 9 1/2 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Woodner Collection, Gift of National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrea Woodner

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Giacomo Quarenghi
An Ornate Ceiling with an Allegory of Spring, 1790/1815

pen and black ink with watercolor over graphite on faintly blued-green laid paper
overall: 47.7 x 34.7 cm (18 3/4 x 13 11/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

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Giovanni Guerra and Domenico Maria Viani
Ceiling with Allegorical Figures and the Arms of Pope Sixtus V (Guerra's outer drawing); Saint Joseph and the Christ Child (Viani's central drawing), outer drawing c. 1587; central drawing after 1690; attachments c. 1700–1725

pen and brown ink with brown wash over black chalk on heavy laid paper (outer drawing); graphite on heavy laid paper (central drawing); gold leaf borders and paper cut-outs adhered to oculi (Talman additions)
center section (octagon): 23.3 x 16.2 cm (9 3/16 x 6 3/8 in.)

Overall (ceiling design): 51.1 x 41.8 cm (20 1/8 x 16 7/16 in.)

mount: 53.3 x 44 cm (21 x 17 5/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art

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Andrea Pozzo
Illusionistic Architecture for the Vault of San Ignazio, 1685/1690

pen and gray and brown ink with gray wash on two joined sheets of heavy laid paper
overall: 50.4 x 91.2 cm (19 13/16 x 35 7/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Robert M. and Anne T. Bass

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Italian 16th Century
Fantastic Design for an Illusionistic Ceiling with Grape Arbor, Figures Poised on Galleries, and a Central Scene of Olympian Gods, c. 1580/1590

pen and brown ink with brown wash, heightened with white, over black chalk on brown paper (sheet enlarged at right and bottom by the artist)
overall: 39.7 x 26.6 cm (15 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

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Ferdinando Galli Bibiena
A Grand Illusionistic Ceiling, 1720/1740

pen and brown ink with gray and brown washes over graphite on laid paper
overall: 60.1 x 105.9 cm (23 11/16 x 41 11/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund and an Anonymous Donor

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Lazzaro Tavarone
A Ceiling Decoration with Landscapes and Battles, c. 1620

pen, brown ink, watercolor and black chalk on laid paper
overall: 38.6 x 37.8 cm (15 3/16 x 14 7/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, William B. O'Neal Fund

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Domenico Maria Canuti
A Male Herm, c. 1669

charcoal and white heightening on tan paper
overall: 43 x 29.2 cm (16 15/16 x 11 1/2 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund

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Anton Kern
A Ceiling with Apollo Presiding over Military and Historical Learning, 1740s

watercolor, pen and gray ink over traces of black chalk on laid paper
overall: 34.1 x 44.4 cm (13 7/16 x 17 1/2 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Diane Allen Nixon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Professor William B. O'Neal Funds

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Pietro Fancelli
Studies of Aurora and Apollo, 1794

pen and brown ink, squared for transfer
overall: 71.2 x 49.8 cm (28 1/16 x 19 5/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, William B. O'Neal Fund

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Charles de La Fosse
Angels and Putti Flying with a Garland: Design for a Ceiling, c. 1675

red and black chalk with touches of white chalk, squared in black chalk on light gray paper (formerly blue), with later framing line in brown ink
overall: 25.9 x 40 cm (10 3/16 x 15 3/4 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Donald Stone

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François Boucher
Aurora Heralding the Arrival of the Morning Sun, c. 1765

brown and black chalk with stumping, heightened with white chalk on buff laid paper
overall (octagonal): 46 x 40.2 cm (18 1/8 x 15 13/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Dian Woodner

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Matthäus Günther
Worshippers at the Tomb of Saint Peter, 1740/1741

watercolor, gouache, and graphite over pen and brown ink, indented with a stylus, on pink-gray prepared paper, squared with graphite for transfer
sheet: 48.2 x 36.2 cm (19 x 14 1/4 in.), trimmed to a roughly circular shape with ornamental lobes and angles

image: 38 x 35.4 cm (14 15/16 x 13 15/16 in.)
Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Purchased as the Gift of Vincent and Linda Buonanno

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Cosmas Damian Asam
The Ascension of Christ, 1720

red chalk with gray wash on laid paper
sheet: 28.5 x 38.6 cm (11 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Patrons' Permanent Fund

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Livio Retti
The Triumph of Virtue and Divine Wisdom, 1736

pen and brown ink with brown wash over graphite on laid paper
sheet: 44.3 x 54.1 cm (17 7/16 x 21 5/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Patrons' Permanent Fund

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Johann Georg Dieffenbrunner
The Stoning of Saint Stephen, 1754

pen and black ink with watercolor over traces of graphite on laid paper
sheet: 52.2 x 27.6 cm (20 9/16 x 10 7/8 in.)
Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Patrons' Permanent Fund

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Georg Anton Urlaub
The Adoration of the Magi, 1756

pen and brown ink with brown and gray wash, heightened with white gouache and yellow chalk, over graphite with traces of pricking on blue laid paper
overall: 28.9 x 19.8 cm (11 3/8 x 7 13/16 in.)
Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Purchased as the Gift of Ladislaus and Beatrix von Hoffmann

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Carlo Innocenzo Carlone
The Apotheosis of Saint Euphemia, 1759/1760

pen and light brown ink with gray wash over graphite, strengthened with tip of the brush and dark gray wash, squared in red chalk on cream laid paper
sheet: 81 x 56.1 cm (31 7/8 x 22 1/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Patrons' Permanent Fund

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Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Ceiling Studies of a Prophet and a Putto Seen from Below, c. 1602

oiled black chalk or charcoal, heightened with white chalk on blue-green laid paper
sheet: 22 x 30.3 cm (8 11/16 x 11 15/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Patrons' Permanent Fund

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Lorenzo De Ferrari
A Female Figure Seated on an Entablature, Holding a Distaff, c. 1700/1710

black chalk on laid paper
sheet: 29.1 x 20.8 cm (11 7/16 x 8 3/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as the Gift of Robert B. Loper

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Luigi Garzi
Saint Catherine of Siena on a Cloud, 1696/1697

black chalk heightened with white chalk on blue laid paper
sheet: 38.6 x 27.2 cm (15 3/16 x 10 11/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as the Gift of Robert B. Loper and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

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Friedrich Sustris
Euterpe (Personification of Music), 1569/1573

pen and black ink with gray wash, heightened with white gouache, on gray-green laid paper squared in black chalk
sheet: 27.3 x 20.3 cm (10 3/4 x 8 in.)
mount: 30.9 x 23.9 cm (12 3/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ruth and Jacob Kainen Memorial Acquisition Fund

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Looking Up: Studies for Ceilings, 1550-1800

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