Faber-Castell graphite pencil on Canson paper, 224 g/m²,
Painted wood frame, plexiglass
23 5/8 x 47 1/4 in.
27 1/8 x 50 3/4 in. framed
dessin à la mine de graphite Faber-Castell, papier Canson 224 g/m²,
Encadrement bois peint, plexiglass
120 x 60 cm
69 x 129 cm encadré
Diabolus in Luxuria
This drawing, which closes the MAGNI SIDERA MUNDI series, depicts the House of Medici throne room in the Pitti palace, the principal residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. Hangings, mirrors, coats of arms, works of statuary art – everything here alludes to the opulence of the House of Medici. Their vanity is put on display in this sumptuous palace and its planet rooms with frescoes symbolically associating the dynasty with the Latin mythology line of gods. The artist imagines three other planets suspended in the adjoining rooms: Mercury, Venus and Jupiter as the allegories of Commerce, Beauty and Power to signify the might of this family of bankers and arts patrons.