24 January 2001
Paolo Posi (1708-1776)
Design for a façade with the arms of Pope Clement XIII Rezzonico
black chalk, pen and brown ink, grey wash
147/8 x 201/8 in. (378 x 514 mm.)
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M. Gori Sassoli, Della Chinea e di altre 'Macchine di gioia, Apparati architettonici per fuochi d'artificio a Roma nel Settecento, exhib. cat., Rome, Villa Farnesina, 1994, p. 47, note 113.
Related to the decoration of the façade of the Palazzo Spada on Piazza Colonna for the festivities of 20 September 1761 in honour of Cardinal Rezzonico, nephew of Pope Clement XIII. The festivities were commissioned by Cardinal Ignazio Crivelli.
The temporary façade was recorded in a print by Giuseppe Vasi dedicated to Cardinal Rezzonico. The print is based on a drawing of the square by Giuseppe Palazzi and bears another dedication by the inventor of the composition Paolo Posi: 'In segno del suo profondo rispetto Paolo Posi Arch'. Another drawing for the first floor of the building is recorded by Mario Gori Sassoli.
Paolo Posi worked as an architect for the Colonna family from 1751 to 1775, mainly designing temporary structures for the Festa della Chinea. See the catalogue note for lot 77.
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