Constantino CEDINI - 1741 - 1811
Chronos and Venus, Study for a Ceiling Fresco
Venetian School

Pen and brown ink, various watercolours
Over black chalk

19.8 X 28.2 cm

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Fleur de Lys in a Shield



Costantino Cedini, born in Padua in 1741, was a pupil of Jacopo Guarana in Venice. He is an important part of the Venetian Settecento, moving from a Tiepolesque early inspiration towards the Neoclassicism of Pietro Antonio Novelli. He decorated the Venetian churches of San Barnaba, San Cassiano, Ca'Corner della Regina, San Samuele and Ca'Giustiani at San Marco as well as Palazzo Jagher. He also worked with Francesco Fontebasso on Palazzo Diedo at Sta Fosca. He died in Venice in 1811.

The present drawing can be compared to a preliminary drawing for this fresco by Cedini is in the Sydney Bregman Collection in Toronto described as "Apollo Chasing away the Shadows of the Night" and yet another in a private collection in Venice, previously with Gallery Kekko in 1995 and yet another formerly with Gallery Kekko in 2007 “An Allegory of Sunrise”. The flying cherubs compare positively with similar subjects by Cedini, both in drawings and in the Villa Marcello fresco. (Pignatti Terisio, "Two Unknown Ceiling Sketches by Pietro Liberi and Costantino Cedini". Drawing, New York, May-June 1986, p.1-3.) Five watercolours by Costantino Cedini are conserved in the Museum of Udine, "Aurora with her Carriage", "Venus and Adonis", "The Triumph of Sybil with Apollo and Time", "Venus and Adonis with Apollo on a Carriage" and "Three Zephyrs". These drawings are dated to the 1790’s by Giuseppe Pavanello.


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