Signed, in plate, l.r.: Michl. Marieschi delt. et incit. Inscription, in plate, in lower margin: No. 5 Magnificum AEdium Dualium impluvium varie, et eleganter exornatum, ac in eius extrema parte Testudines Basilicae D:Marci supereminentes. Watermark: emblem with initials "CF" surmounted by a crown
An intricate series of arches, stairs, and balustrades are presented obliquely. The deepest recession into space is at the center of the design. Seen from a low vantage point, the soaring columns and arcades create the illusion of deep space.
Bibiena created a number of stage designs and this drawing of a couryard framed by arcades, elevated walkways, and stairs would provide a spectacular--if not believable--backdrop for a drama.
Sketch #1 noted: Capital to column of Arcade under stone facade Sketch #2 titled: Moulded Frame Around Court Windows Sketch #4 noted: Cap to the Windows ; also: note ornament varies to the different windows. Also the little corbel under Label mould. To right of sketch #4 is a cross-section noted: Label mould To left of #4 of a cross-section noted: Stone Staircase rail cut into central pier
An image of women walking down the street. The woman at the forefront is trailed by two young girls and another woman. They wear similarly pattererned kimono with geometric designs and orange and green coloration. To the right of them are two women talking to two men, one crouched behind the other, under cherry blossom trees. The women appear to wear kimono of orange color and patterened with leaves. The first man wears a black striped kimono and a sword hilt can be seen strapped to his waist while the man behind him wears grey. In the background is a building and a group of men walking about. In the center of the background, inside the building, a woman can be seen.
An image of courtesans walking down the street. The woman to the forefront is the highest ranked courtesan, and she is trailed by her two child attendants and another courtesan, likely her junior. The two women talking to the men are likely doing so because the first man is a potential or current client. Due to the demeanor and clothing of the second man, he may be a servant. This image is part of the series "The Main Street of Yoshiwara in Cherry Blossom Time."