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By Cornicelius, Georg (German, 1825-1898)
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The allegorical painting depicts two of the five senses: Sound and Taste. Sound is presented as a female figure, draped in robes and holding a tambourine in her raised left hand. She has a cherub by her side, who is seated on a garland of flowers and playing the bagpipes. This painting is decorated with a further garland of flowers to the upper left corner and flowers below.
Taste is presented as a male figure, also draped in robes, holding a glass of wine in his right hand and a sceptre in his left. Again, in front of him a cherub is shown holding a garland of flowers in his raised left hand and a jug in his lowered right hand. There is a further garland of flowers to the upper right corner, a vine with grapes through the centre and flowers below. The painting is signed lower right 'G. Cornicelius' and set within a ornate carved giltwood frame.
Frame height 155cm, width 120cm
Painting height 130cm, width 94cm
By repute from the Russian Embassy's previous location in Stockholm, Sweden (Villagatan 17)
Charles Siebert, The artistic development of Georg Cornicelius. Diss. Freiburg (1905) Charles Siebert, catalog of the works of the painter Georg Cornicelius. Studies of German art history 17, Issue 1 (Strasbourg 1914)
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