Eye Candy for Today: Antonio Mauro Perspective Design for a Stage Set

Perspective Design for a Stage Set of an Italian Cityscape, Antonio Mauro II, drawing in pen and ink and leadpoint with wash
Perspective Design for a Stage Set of an Italian Cityscape, Antonio Mauro II

Pen and black ink, brown and gray wash and leadpoint layout lines, roughly 10 x 14 in. (27 x 36 cm). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, use the Enlarge or Download links under their image.

This beautifully crafted 18th century design for a stage set, with its complex perspective view of a city street, also works as a drawing.

The artist’s use of wash — both in the heavily shadowed wall on the left and the lighter applications that add dimensionality to the architectural details on the right — give the composition solidity and enhance remarkable feeling of depth created by Mauro’s command of linear perspective.

If you look closely (the high-resolution image on the Met’s site is considerably larger than my detail crops above), you can see some of the artist’s perspective construction lines.


Arthur Parton

Arthur Parton, Hudson River School painter, landscape paintings
Arthur Parton was an American landscape painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a member of the Hudson River School, though there is less information available about him online than many of the other painters associated with that school.

He studied under William Trost Richards at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, initially adopting a detailed naturalistic style in keeping with Richards’, but eventually experimenting with styles from the European Barbizon School, American Tonalism and Luminisim and the styles of the American Impressionists.

Unfortunately, many of the images of his work available online are not as large or high quality as we might like, but there are enough to appreciate his confident rendering, textural experimentation and evolving styles.

For a high-resolution example see my previous post: Eye Candy for Today: Arthur Parton landscape