COLI, Giovanni
(b. 1636, San Quirico di Lucca, d. 1681, Lucca)

Vault decoration

Palazzo Colonna, Rome

The picture shows vault border scenes (trophies, weapons, armour, standards, and groups of Oriental figures) in the Grande Galleria in the Palazzo Colonna. They are part of the splendidly colourful decoration of the gallery, in which heraldic, ornamental, and figural motifs combine to create a dizzying spectacle.

The narrative cycle on the ceiling is a collective work by Filippo Gherardi and Giovanni Coli, the architecture painting and framing is by Johann Paul Schor and his workshop.

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