Giuseppe Cades / Portrait of a Lady with an Elaborate Cartouche / 1785Giuseppe Cades
Portrait of a Lady with an Elaborate Cartouche

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Creator Name: Cades, Giuseppe
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1750 - 1799
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Rome
Creator Name-CRT: Giuseppe Cades
Title: Portrait of a Lady with an Elaborate Cartouche
Title Type: Primary
Title: Portrait de la Vicomtesse de V., dans un encadrement ovale richement orné, flanqué de deux génies, dont l'un ailé et l'autre portant une torche et qui soutiennent tous deux une couronne
Title Type: Foreign
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1785
Creation End Date: 1785
Creation Date: 1785
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawing
Materials and Techniques: Red chalk over graphite (portrait), pen and black ink and watercolor over graphite (surround), circular framing line in graphite
Dimensions: Image: 36cm x 35.9cm, Secondary Support: 39.1cm x 38.7cm
Inscriptions: by artist, center, around portrait, in red chalk: cata cssa de [illegible] aets. 3[2?] ad. 1785.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.172
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: Archibald George Blomefield Russell (Lugt 2770a, lower center, in black ink); [Colnaghi]. [Christies, London, 11-13 December 1985, no. 183]; private collection; [Sotheby's, New York, 28 January 1998, no. 60]; [Thomas Williams Fine Art, Ltd, London].

The woman portrayed in the oval has not yet been identified, but she is made to look highly important by her rendition in profile, like an ancient Renaissance coin, and by the elaborate decoration surrounding the cartouche (the central area containing the portrait). Increasing her distinction, the flying male nudes personify Victory and Fame, while the crown indicates her nobility. The contrast in technique between the cartouche and the portrait was purposefully emphasized to suggest that the portrait is an older "icon" of reverence. The finished quality of the drawing suggests that it was a presentation sheet and not a study for a work of art in another medium.

Giuseppe Cades was an important history painter and frescoist, known also for his decorative ensembles. He worked mostly in Rome in a neoclassical style based on Renaissance and ancient Roman art. This drawing combines the contemporary rococo style of the red chalk portrait with the antique-based style of the surrounding decorative figures and forms.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.172
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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