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Duilio Cambellotti
The Fireflies
1920 ca.

A preparatory study (pencil and India ink on paper) for the glass of the same name, which was presented at Rome in 1921 as part of the Second Exhibition of Stained Glass, organised by Cesare Picchiarini.
The fireflies, represented as female figures dressed in ample cloaks, wander through the fields like “luminous figures from the Georgics” (R. Papini, 1922), enlivening the landscape.
The fluid line of the drawing agrees with the movement of the composition which was carefully worked by Cambellotti. A charcoal sketch and a preparatory cartoon of the same subject also survive.

Provenance: Collezione Cambellotti, Roma
Inventory: M CC 44

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