59, Milan, Museo Poldi-Pezzoli, Studiolo Dantesco, studies of ornament
Inscribed , pencil, 230x160mm.
Mackintosh’s drawings depict details of the ornament by Luigi Scrosati (1815-1869) in the Studiolo Dantesco (1854-56) of Gian Giacomo Poldi-Pezzoli (1822-1879). The private residence of Gian Giacomo Poldi-Pezzoli, Via Morone 10 (now Via Alessandro Manzoni 12), together with his art collection, were bequeathed by him to the city of Milan in 1879.
Poldi-Pezzoli had the Studiolo Dantesco constructed in the style of the ‘fourteenth century’ to display some of his mediaeval artefacts and to celebrate Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). The Museum was badly damaged by allied bombing in 1943 and was restored in 2002. Some of the features which Mackintosh has drawn are slightly different from their appearance after restoration.
Mackintosh’s drawing depicts: ivy leaf gesso ornament and tilework from the wall cabinet to the right of the entrance: the gesso ivy leaf forms have been omitted in the modern restoration (top left); gesso ornament from the chimneypiece wall (top right); tilework ornament from chimneypiece (bottom left); detail of bronze frieze on chimneypiece: this has been modified in the modern restoration (bottom right).