PELAGIO PALAGI (Bologna 1775 – Turin 1860) THE OLYMPUS
Red chalk, 356 x 466 mm. The sheet has been mounted onto a cardboard support. In all likelihood the design is to be dated after 1832, during the artist's activities for Carlo Alberto, in Turin. It is certain that the Olympian themes had to be particularly pleasing to the king because he commisioned at least four painted versions: one in Palazzo Reale, commissioned to Palagi around 1839 but placed in its seat, after laborious gestation, only shortly before the painter's death; three others executed instead by Bellosio, two in Racconigi and one in Pollenzo. For a comparison with the painting of Palagi Palazzo Reale see: Aa. Vv. Cultura figurativa e architettonica negli stati del Re di Sardegna, 1773-1861, exhibition catalog (3 volumes), Turin 1980, no. 413.