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  • Provenance

    Galleria De' Foscherari, Bologna

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a preparatory sketch for the 1974 installation of Christo and Jeanne-Claude titled The Wall, Wrapped Roman Wall (Figure 1). Situated at the end of the Via Veneto, one of the busiest avenues of Rome, Italy, and at the edge of the gardens of the Villa Borghese, the two thousand year old wall was built by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius and used to surround the City of Rome. In February and March of 1974, for a period of forty days, the Wall was wrapped in polypropylene and rope, covering both sides, the top, and the arches of the Wall. The Wall, Wrapped Roman Wall is exemplary of the early careers of both artists’ collaboration, and the installation was received with much critical success throughout Italy and beyond.


The Wall / Project for a Wrapped Romain Wall-'Porta Pingiana' delle Mura Aureliane

Graphite, charcoal, staples, fabric collage and adhesive on paper.

27 x 21 3/4 in. (68.6 x 55.2 cm).
Signed, titled and dated "The Wall / Project for a Wrapped Romain Wall - 'Porta Pingiana' delle Mura Aureliane Christo 1973" along the upper edge.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £48,000

The Marino Golinelli Collection

13 October 2007, 1pm