A new ceiling par Gerard de Lairesse

A three-part ceiling painting by Gerard de Lairesse has been found in the collection of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE). They form one colossal trompe l’oeil with an opening in the middle under which Fame flies.


Exhibition in Washington on Drawings for Painted Ceilings

At the National Gallery in Washington a series of 30 preparatory drawings for painted ceilings is currently to be seen. The show “Looking Up: Studies for Ceilings, 1550–1800” runs January 29 – July 9, 2023.  The exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bober, former Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art.

Johann Georg Dieffenbrunner, The Stoning of Saint Stephen, 1754. Washington, National Gallery of Art

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