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Title Notes and drawing of an arch
Collection Charles Rennie Mackintosh´s Northern Italian Sketchbook: Glasgow School of Art
Artist Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Mackintosh intended to visit Genoa (Robertson, p.230) and must have planned to examine the three buildings noted here:

Santissima Annunziata del Vastato rebuilt 1591-1620 with an elaborate Baroque interior.

San Giorgio a Baroque church. The Palazzo San Giorgio is a Gothic structure dating from c. 1260.

San Giovanni di Prè is a small early-Gothic church of the thirteenth century.

Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) was a French artist whose celebrated painting La Naissance de Venus (1863) had been on public display in Paris since 1879. Mackintosh would use the painting as a source for his own work. He transformed Cabanel's recumbent figure of Venus into a cloud on his 1893 watercolour ‘The Harvest Moon' and repeated the form four times on his design for the clock face for The Canal Boatmen's Institute (1892). The reference to Antwerp probably does not relate to Cabanel who was only represented in that city's Koninklyk Museum voor Schone Kunsten by a far less influential work, ‘Cleopatra trying out poison on the condemned' (1887). The churches of San Fedele and Sant' Abbondio were visited and sketched by Mackintosh in Como (see pages 45-46).

Page Number 106
Inscription Inscribed ‘///S.ANNUNZIATE [sic]/S.///IERE/S. GEORGIO/GENOA[?]ANTWERP/ALEX. CABANEL FRENCH’ at bottom ‘S. FEDELE /S. ABONDIO [sic]’, Pencil
Measurements 230x160mm.
Rights Glasgow School of Art



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