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Architectural drawing
  • Architectural drawing
    Mola, Giovanni Battista, born 1585 - died 1665
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Architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1631 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mola, Giovanni Battista, born 1585 - died 1665 (architect)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and wash

  • Credit Line:

    From the collections of J. Talman and Francis St. John.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Q, shelf 22

Physical description

Pen and ink architectural drawing for an altar

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1631 (made)


Mola, Giovanni Battista, born 1585 - died 1665 (architect)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and wash


Height: 5.9375 in, Width: 4.1875 in

Descriptive line

Giovanni Battista Mola. Design for an altar. Dated 1631

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings, Volume Two: 17th-18th Century , London, 1979, p.70 , cat. n. 769
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1937, London: Board of Education, 1938.

Labels and date

Giovanni Battista Mola
(about 15880-1665)

Designs for altars
Italian, about 1630-40
Pencil, pen and in and wash, with
lining in gold paint

Mola, an architect and painter, designed the
centre and left hand altars. The one on the
right is by an anonymous hand. The large
space at the centre of each design was
intended to hold a painting of a Biblical
subject. The arrangement of the three
drawings on one sheet, and the gold-
painted lines, is typical of drawings from
the Talman collection. This was the largest
architectural resource of its day and was
put together by the architect William
Talman (1650-1719) and his son John

E.315,6,7-1937 []


Pen and ink; Wash


Architectural drawing; Wash technique


Architecture; Drawings; Designs; Christianity; Religion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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