Mauro GANDOLFI (Bologna 1764 - Bologna 1834)

Seven Studies of Heads Sold

Pen and brown ink.
Laid down on an old mount.
Inscribed G. Gandolfi in brown ink on the reverse of the mount.
230 x 177 mm. (9 x 7 in.)


A fine example of the exquisite draughtsmanship of Mauro Gandolfi, this is one of a group of elaborate pen and ink drawings of studies of heads that were probably made as autonomous works of art for sale to collectors. Mauro is here carrying on a tradition begun by his father Gaetano Gandolfi, who produced a large number of finished pen and ink drawings of studies of heads.

Marco Riccòmini, ‘L’arte del disegno’, in Marco Riccòmini, Fogli barocchi: Disegni bolognesi tra Seicento e Settecento, exhibition catalogue, Maurizio Nobile, Bologna and Paris, 2016, p.14, illustrated p.18, fig.10.


Seven Studies of Heads


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