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ITALIAN SCHOOL c.1700

ITALIAN SCHOOL c.1700

DESIGNS FOR A GRAND CHURCH

Bears inscription to mount F.G.B., variously inscribed throughout the drsawing

Bears collector's stamp l.r. (L.3472)

Pen & ink with wash on joined sheets of laid paper, laid down to support

47 x 72.5 cm

 

PROVENANCE:

Edmond Fatio (1871-1959, Geneva [Lugt 3472]

 

EXHIBITED:

Florence, 1958, I Disegni Scenografici della Raccolta Fatio, La Strozzina, cat. no. 79 (Ferdinando Galli BibienaProgetto e parziale pianta di prospetto architettonico. Penna, bistro, cm. 47 x 72.5)

 

 

 

 

The attribution (which is also inscribed, presumably by Edmond Fatio) to the mount of this sheet is likely based on the FGB written above the archway to the left of centre in the drawing itself. Edmond Fatio, the previous owner and arguably the single-greatest collector of architectural drawings in the last century, was an enthusiastic buyer of drawings by the Bibiena family of artists; however, contrary to the curator of the 1959 Florence exhibition's opinion, the present work cannot be attributed to either Ferdinando or Francesco Galli Bibiena. It is likely by a slightly earlier hand, with a more rigorous and less florid style than that championed by the Bibienas and their successors, Galiari et al.

    £12,500.00Price
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