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square LA COLLEZIONE LAYARD 
NEL CATALOGO DATTILOSCRITTO 1896 

Cecilia Riva

 

ABSTRACT

Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894) was an archeologist, diplomat, writer, and a great art lover, especially passionate about Italian painting. The article presents its collection through the typewritten catalogue which was composed by Lady Enid Layard and is now stored in the library of the Polo Museale Veneziano (Venice). The compared analysis of this catalogue and of the one already known in the National Gallery Library in London, together with Lady Layard’s diary, and Sir Henry’s comments, leads the author to the reconstruction of some aspects of the collection, such as the acquisitions, restorations, and the display of the pictures at Ca’ Cappello at the end of the nineteenth century.