Gherardo CIBO (Genoa or Rome 1512 - Rocca Contrada 1600)

Landscape with a Farmhouse on a Hillside Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash.
Numbered 49 on the verso.
129 x 210 mm. (5 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

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The present sheet was part of a group of twelve drawings, all part of a now-dismembered sketchbook used by Cibo, which appeared on the London art market in 19718. The flyleaf of the sketchbook was inscribed ‘Libro 24’ and dated 24 October 1567, while some of the drawings are dated 1567 or 1568. A long inscription in the sketchbook noted that the landscape drawings contained in it were made during walks in the countryside, and many of the sheets were further inscribed with the names of the buildings shown or the location depicted.

Provenance:
Part of an album of landscape drawings by Cibo, with provenance as follows:
Cardinal Gaspari(?)
Rafael Valls, London
Purchased from him in July 1969 by P. & D. Colnaghi, London
The present sheet bought in 1971 by Yvonne Tan Bunzl, London
Private collection, New York.

Literature:
Giorgio Mangani and Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi, ed., Gherardo Cibo: Dilettante di botanica e pittore di ‘paesi’. Arte, scienza e illustrazione botanica nel XVI secolo, Ancona, 2013, p.202, no.345 (not illustrated).

Gherardo CIBO

Landscape with a Farmhouse on a Hillside

A1105

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