quadro riportato

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(It.: ‘carried—or transferred—picture’).

Term applied to a ceiling picture that is intended to look as if it is a framed easel picture placed overhead: there is no illusionistic foreshortening, figures appearing as if they were to be viewed at normal eye level. Mengs's Parnassus (1761) in the Villa Albani (now Villa Torlonia), Rome, is a famous example—a kind of Neoclassical manifesto against Baroque illusionism. Often, however, quadri riportati were combined with illusionistic elements, as in Annibale Carracci's Farnese Ceiling (1597–1600) in Rome.

Subjects: Art.

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