Pencil on laid paper, 173 x 111 mm.
The drawing is connected with the monochrome frieze painted by Appiani between 1803 and 1807 for the Sala delle Cariatidi in Palazzo Reale of Milan, destroyed by the bombings of 1943. The frieze is documented by a series of prints wanted by Napoleon himself, realized under Appiani’s direction between 1807 and 1816, which first complete edition appeared in Milan in 1818.
Our drawing is a study for the figure of Victory standing between the commemorative medallions for the victory of Jena and Eylau and the other one for Friedland.
Our drawing has been published in Vittoria Orlandi Balzari, Biografia di Andrea Appiani, Bosisio Parini, 2009;p. 170, fig. 32.