Signed and dated lower right and titled lower left
Private Collection, Old Lyme, Connecticut
| Image Notes
| Artist's Notes
My "Study for The Triumph of Art" is one of three "Triumph" drawings I have made based on Mantegna's "Triumphs of Caesar" at Hampton Court Palace, London. The other two drawings are "The Triumph of Dance" and "The Triumph of Music."
I admired the strength and power in Mantegna's painting of the Roman soldiers walking all in one direction. The soldiers are marching off with the spoils of war and they carry banners displaying images of cities. For those banner images I have substituted images of well-known paintings: a "Capricchio" by Canaletto which I quoted again in my 1987 painting "School of Canaletto 2;" Bronzino's "Allegory of Time and Love" from the National Gallery in London; and a portrait of a woman by Rogier van der Weyden.
My 1990 painting "The Triumph of Art" (54 by 96 inches), a work commissioned by the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, was developed from this 1984 study.
(George Deem, Note, May 25, 1996).