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Mythological Scene in Three Parts

Tommaso Minardi

Mythological Scene in Three Parts, 18th-19th Century

Graphite on Paper


A prominent religious painter in Rome during the late 18th and 19th centuries, Tommaso Minardi was also an important draughtsman, teacher and theorist. Although taught by a variety of successful Neo-classicists, Minardi had a passion for 15th century Italian artists like Giotto as well as Flemish engravings. In both his work and his teachings at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, Minardi rejected depictions of heroic art and traditional academic painting which focused on rigid study of ancient sculpture and Renaissance masters. Minardi placed greater emphasis on the spiritual perception of nature over the replication of real things. His predominantly linear style is marked by confined spaces with limited light sources and casual figures reminiscent of both Flemish art and the northern Caravaggisiti. Minardi dealt almost exclusively with religious images, with the exception of a few themes from Dante, dominating religious art in Rome until about 1850. 

Current Condition of the Artwork: 

The drawing is poorly mounted. The papers were rolled and crushed resulting in severe vertical creases. The drawing is worn and mishandled. The image is worn and rubbed. The paper is very dirty.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Clean surface and remove accretion without disrupting media.
  • Remove backing.
  • Wash and perform alkaline rinse and buffer if safely possible.
  • Mend/reinforce with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $2,500.00