Wax relief ‘Geniuses representing the Pleasures of the Elysian Fields’ 1789

Giuseppe Angelini (1742 – 1811)

Wax on slate, 16.5 x 40.5cm
Accession Number LL2260

Giuseppe Angelini wax relief

Between 1788 and 1790 Wedgwood commissioned some thirty wax models to be made in Rome, copying ancient relief sculptures in the Capitoline Museum. He was able to use the illustrations in a recently published catalogue of the museum collection as a guide.

This model was made by Giuseppe Angelini copying a Roman funerary urn, and was later used as a design on a lilac jasper flower pot. The Elysian Fields were believed to be the home of the blessed in the afterlife.