QUERCIA, Jacopo della
(b. ca. 1367, Quercia Grossa, d. 1438, Siena)

Design for the Fonte Gaia (fragment)

1415-16
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash on vellum, glued onto secondary paper, 201 x 214 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The documents about the Fonte Gaia commission (preserved in the Archivio di Stato of Siena) confirm that drawings produced by Jacopo della Quercia served an important legal purpose, allowing the patrons to discuss and approve the state of the fountain as it progressed. Two drawing fragments in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, attributed to Jacopo della Quercia, are related to this commission. They pertain to the left and right portions of the Fonte Gaia, and originally constituted a large, very detailed single drawing on vellum of which the central portion is lost.

The fragment in New York is a design for the left side of the Fonte Gaia.




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