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Teodoro Ghisi (1536 - 1601)
Project of a Lunette: Christ with Two Apostles
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, white heightening, squared in black chalk
255 x 405 mm (10 x 16 in.)
Inscribed in pen and brown ink bottom right: Camillo Procaccino

Provenance: Unknown collection (not in Lugt); Unidentified collection (L.311a); Private collection, France

The present drawing is preparatory for the ceiling of the mortuary chapel of Charles II of Augsburg and his wife Marie de Bavière in the abbey church of Seckau in Austria. The execution of our drawing can be situated around 1588-1589, dates of the execution of the decoration of the chapel by Teodoro Ghisi.
Girolamo Macchietti (1535 - 1592)
The River
Black chalk on blue paper
185 x 323 mm (7 1/4 x 12 3/4 in.)
Inscribed in black chalk in left center: Rivenge

Literature: Marta Privitera, Girolamo Macchietti Un pittore dello Studio di Francesco I (Firenze 1535 – 1592), Milan 1996, p. 124, n° 31, illus.

Girolamo Macchietti was a mannerist painter and decorator active in Florence in the second half of the sixteenth century. The present study is typical of the figure studies of Macchietti, characterized by the expressiveness of the models and the presence of studio props. In the monograph on the artist, Marta Privitera writes that the present drawing was probably made between 1568 and 1573. She further indicates that the overturned vase was also used by the artist to depict Bacchus in Macchietti's painting Bacchanal of the Andirons.
Avanzino Nucci (1551/1552 - 1629)
Madonna and Child Surrounded by Saints Benedict and Francis
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, white heightening, black chalk, on blue paper
321 x 250 mm (12 5/8 x 9 7/8 in.)

Provenance: Marquis C. de Valori (L.2500); private collection, France

Avanzino Nucci was an Italian mannerist painter and draftsman. Several drawings on the theme of the sacra conversazione by the artist are known including a sheet in the Musée du Louvre of Saint Lucia and Saint Agatha Kneeling in Front of the Madonna and Child. The position of the Madonna in that drawing is especially similar to the one in our drawing.
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino (1591 - 1666)
Young Man Seen in Half-Length Looking Over his Right Shoulder
Pen and brown ink
222 x 185 mm (8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.)
Inscribed in pen and brown ink right corner: 2

Selected provenance : Guercino's studio, Bologna; Bought circa 1745 by John Bouverie; Purchased in 1922 by Dan Fellow Platt (1873-1938); Private Collection, Great-Britain

Our drawing is most probably a first study for the young man seen from the back in the picture Damon and Pythias today in the Confederazione Nazionale dei Coltivatori Diretti, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Rome. The execution of our drawing can be situated at the beginning of the 1630s. Guercino's studies in pen and ink executed at that time present identical stylistic characteristics as the texture "in fish filet".
Gaspare Vanvitelli (1652(3) - 1736), attributed to
Washerwomen in an Idealized Landscape
Pen and brown ink
160 x 224 mm (6 1/4 x 8 7/8 in.)

Although as a draftsman Vanvitelli seemed to favor combining pen and ink with washes, the rapid, lively hatching, jagged foliage and weighted line used to express depth of space in the present drawing are typical of the artist’s graphic work.
Francesco Polazzo (1683 - 1753), attributed to
A Study of a Female Figure Cloaked in an Elaborate Drapery, her Left Arm Raised and Seen from Below
Black chalk, squared in black chalk, framing lines in pen and black ink
188 x 160 mm (7 3/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Student of Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Francesco Polazzo painted altarpieces for Venetian churches and executed decorative works for important patrician families. Our drawing shows stylistic affinities with the graphic work of the artist and evokes the female figures painted by Polazzo in the Palazzo Zen between 1735 and 1737.
Pietro Antonio Novelli (1729 - 1804)
A River God
Pen and brown ink, black chalk, gray wash, squared in black chalk
227 x 139 mm (9 x 5 1/2 in.)

The present drawing is characteristic of the graphic work of Novelli. The artist uses rapid diagonal hatching to block in the dark areas and enliven the shadows. The motif of an aged man, alone, in a contorted pose, was a favorite of the artist.
Giuseppe Bernardino Bison (1762 - 1844)
A Decorative Frieze
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, black chalk, framing lines in pen and brown ink
132 x 305 mm (5 1/4 x 12 in.)
Numbered in pen and brown ink lower right: 3257

Provenance: John Winter, United Kingdom

Italian vedute painter of the eighteenth century, Giuseppe Bernardino Bison was also an important decorative painter. He executed paintings for a great number of palaces and created stage designs for theatres and operas. The present drawing is characteristic of Bison’s architectural designs. The frieze of acanthus, the eagle, the putti, the bust in a medallion and the figure of a seated woman are typical elements of Bison’s architectural drawings.
NATHALIE MOTTE MASSELINK