The complete set of tracings from the Morani collection is online
In 1945 the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome acquired a set of 166 watercolours and approximately 430 full-scale tracings of the paintings from the Etruscan tombs of Tarquinia, Veii, Chiusi and Orvieto. The watercolour sketches and tracings, executed in situ between 1897 and 1910 by the painter Alessandro Morani (1859-1941) and his collaborators, were used to create the copies held in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, commissioned by Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914) and Wolfgang Helbig (1839-1915).
The copies were made in accordance with the state of the Etruscan paintings in the late 19th century, when many of the tombs were already in a poor state of preservation, and reproduce the actual condition of the paintings with details such as patches of cement, plant roots etc. The copies are still of great importance because several original paintings are now faded or completely destroyed.
The full-scale tracings are sheets of see-through paper that were placed against the wall of the tomb and used to trace the outlines of the figures directly from the ancient paintings.
The collection includes tracings from the following 21 tombs:
Tarquinia: Tomba della Caccia e Pesca, Tomba delle Leonesse, Tomba della Pulcella, Tomba Querciola, Tomba dei Leopardi, Tomba del Letto funebre, Tomba del Triclinio, Tomba dei Baccanti, Tomba del Tifone, Tomba degli Scudi, Tomba del Cardinale, Tomba dell’Orco II, Tomba dei Vasi dipinti, Tomba delle Bighe, Tomba del Barone, Tomba dei Tori, Tomba Giustiniani, Tomba degli Auguri
Chiusi: Tomba della Scimmia
Orvieto: Tomba Golini
Veio: Tomba Campana
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