Giuseppe Bernardino BISON (Palmanova 1762 - Milan 1844)

Architectural Capriccio [recto]; Two Mourning Figures at a Tomb [verso] Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with touches of green and yellow wash, over an underdrawing in black chalk.
The verso in pen and brown ink and brown wash, with touches of blue and yellow wash.
154 x 271 mm. (6 x 10 3/4 in.)

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Like many of Bison’s drawings, this is unrelated to any known painting or fresco by the artist, and may have been executed as an autonomous work of art, although it may also have been intended for one of the artist’s decorative fresco cycles, most of which are now lost. Classical architecture, pyramids, monuments and equestrian statues appear frequently in Bison’s work, and drawings such as this underscore the artist’s acceptance, late in his career, into the Accademia in Venice as a ‘pittore di bella immaginativa e speritosa esecuzione’.

Comparable to the present sheet is a drawing of an architectural capriccio in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, as well as another in an album of Bison drawings in the Fondazione Scaramangà di Altomonte in Trieste. Also similar is a drawing of An Architectural Fantasy with a Sarcophagus, formerly in the Wunder collection, which appeared at auction in London in 1976.

Giuseppe Bernardino BISON

Architectural Capriccio [recto]; Two Mourning Figures at a Tomb [verso]

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