The Fireflies

Duilio Cambellotti, Lucciole

Duilio Cambellotti

1920 ca.
Material and technique: 
Matita e china su carta
alt. 107 mm larg. 107 mm
Collezione Cambellotti, Roma
M CC 44

A preparatory study (pencil and India ink on paper) for the glass of the same name, which was presented at Rome in 1921 as part of the Second Exhibition of Stained Glass, organised by Cesare Picchiarini.
The fireflies, represented as female figures dressed in ample cloaks, wander through the fields like “luminous figures from the Georgics” (R. Papini, 1922), enlivening the landscape.
The fluid line of the drawing agrees with the movement of the composition which was carefully worked by Cambellotti. A charcoal sketch and a preparatory cartoon of the same subject also survive.

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Stanza delle civette

This small room was originally decorated in the elaborate imperial style of wood panelling and had rich drapes hanging from the ceiling. Only a few fragments of this décor remain, insufficient for a reconstruction of the furnishings to be possible.

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