Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676 - Venice 1730)

Landscape with Harvesters, a Castle Beyond Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, laid down on a Vivant Denon mount.
Inscribed paese at the upper left centre.
Indistinctly inscribed Ricci anno del 1720 on the verso, laid down.
193 x 287 mm. (7 5/8 x 11 1/4 in.)



This charming, fresh landscape may have been intended as an independent work, like the artist’s better-known gouache landscapes. The chronology of these pen drawings is difficult to establish, as only two dated examples are known. Ricci would often keep these drawings in his studio, to be used as a source of pictorial motifs in his paintings and etchings.

This drawing bears the collector’s mark of Dominique-Vivant Denon (1747-1825), the most powerful administrator of the arts in Napoleonic France. A diplomat, writer, archaeologist and engraver, he was also a discerning and wide-ranging art collector. Denon’s collection of drawings numbered around 1,400 sheets, of which slightly more than half were by Italian artists.

Baron Dominique-Vivant Denon, Paris (Lugt 779 and on his mount)
His sale, Paris, 1-19 May 1826, part of lot 553
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie’s, 12 January 1995, lot 49
Private collection, Florida.

A. N. Pérignon, Description des objets d’arts qui composent le cabinet de feu M. le Baron V. Denon, Paris, 1826, p.149, under no.553 (‘Cinq paysages, par Marco Ricci et Guardi; les uns à la plume seulement, les autres à la plume et au lavis.’); Marie-Anne Dupuy, ‘Liste des tableaux et dessins de la collection Denon identifiés’, in Paris, Musée du Louvre, Dominique-Vivant Denon: L’oeil de Napoléon, exhibition catalogue, 1999-2000, p.513.


Landscape with Harvesters, a Castle Beyond

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