Filippo Juvarra

A contemporary to the Bibienas, Juvarra led a successful career as an architect and scenographer, working throughout Italy as well as in Spain and Portugal. The stage design shown here, with the wings of the courtyard set at an angle, echoes the Bibienas’ innovations. The drawing style, however, is Juvarra’s own. The spirited pen work communicates energy, and his accomplished application of wash describes the dramatic play of light across the hall’s surfaces.

Filippo Juvarra (1678–1736)
Hall in a Royal Palace, ca. 1708–14
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over graphite
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager; 1996.75:19