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Design for the Salon of the Pleasure Pavilion, Favorita, at Ludwigsburg, 1718

Artist:
Donato Giuseppe Frisoni (Italian, Laino near Como 1683–1735 Ludwigsburg)
Date:
1718
Medium:
Pen with brown and gray ink, brush with gray, rose, and yellow green wash, highlighted with gold, over ruled construction; design framed with pen and brown ink outlines
Dimensions:
19-1/2 x 25-3/8 in. (49.5 x 64.5 cm)
Classifications:
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Gift of Leon Dalva Sr., 1965
Accession Number:
65.654.1
Not on view
This impressive drawing shows a design for a Salon, meant for the pleasure pavilion and hunting castle called ‘Favorita’ in the park of the Palace of Ludwigsburg. The rich, almost fully symmetrical design is executed in a late Baroque style and is decorated all over with gilt stucco ornaments. The latter were an (North) Italian specialty and it leaves no wonder that this interior was designed by an Italian architect and stucco artist: Donato Giuseppe Frisoni. He came to Ludwigsburg in 1709 as a partner of Tommaso Soldati (Bergamo, active first quarter of the 18th century), but by 1715 he was named head architect by his patron Duke Eberhard Ludwig of Württemberg. This design for a Salon at the pleasure pavilion Favorita was made in 1718 and carries the handwriting of both men. In the inscription below, Frisoni describes the room and the materials it will be executed in: glass mirrors, marble and stucco. He also mentions that the ceiling was to be painted in fresco. At the lower left, the Duke has left his initials as a sign of his approval of the design.
Inscription: Recto is inscribed with initials in pen and medium brown ink at lower left by the hand of the patron, Duke Eberhard Ludwig, in approval of the artist's design. Next to it, the design is inscribed by the artist himself in pen and gray-brown ink along the lower border: "Profillo Della Salla dalla favorita nel Giardino de fas[s]ani per Sua Alt[ez]za Se[renissi]ma il Se[gno]re di Wirttinberg a Louisbourg per farsi di specchj et marmo et stucho la Soffita dipinta a fressco / D. G. Frisoni 1[7]18."

(Carmen C. Bambach, revised June 16, 2004)
Leon Dalva Sr., part of a Piedmontese-Lombard scrapbook
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints," June 17, 2013–September 9, 2013.

Mary L. Myers Architectural and Ornament Drawings: Juvarra, Vanvitelli, The Bibiena Family & Other Italian Draughtsmen. Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1975, cat. no. 30, fig. no. 30, pp. 24-25, ill.



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