Two other drawings by Carlone are known showing the same subject similarly composed: one without wash but also squared is in a private collection, Munich (B. Langer, Carlo Carlone, Landschut, 1990, no. 26, fig. 183); the other, with wash, was sold at Christie's, New York, 24 January 2001, lot 76. Langer noted that the shape of the first drawing, and the fact that it is squared, indicates that it was intended for a ceiling decoration, but no such project is known. She does note, however, that the theme and approach of that drawing indicate that it could have been intended for the decorations of the Palazzo Gallio in Como, of which Carlone painted the ceilings in 1726, or for the Palace of Friedrich Wilhelm von Grävenitz in 1730, Heimsheim.
While those two drawings are considered to be designs for same project, Dr. Peter Krückman has suggested that the present drawing was intended as a study for another fresco, yet to be identified. He also pointed out that the two different loosely indicated outlines of the ceiling decoration, one interestingly in the shape of a violin, indicate that the shape of the ceiling was not finalized when Carlone made this drawing.
We are grateful to Dr. Peter Krückman for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.