Giovanni Francesco GRIMALDI (Bologna 1606 - Rome 1680)

Wooded Landscape with a Castle

Pen and brown ink, with traces of a framing line in brown ink.
180 x 326 mm. (7 1/8 x 12 7/8 in.)


Although the present sheet is stylistically comparable with some pen landscapes by Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi in the British Museum, the Warsaw University Library, Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome and elsewhere, the difficulty of differentiating his landscape drawings from those of some of his contemporaries working in the Carraccesque landscape tradition, such as Domenichino, Francesco Brizio and Giovanni Battista Viola, has resulted in a something of an attributional minefield.

This drawing bears the paraphe and inventory number of the 18th century French writer and amateur Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville (1680-1765), who owned a large and varied collection of over 3,300 drawings, divided into the different national schools and numbered accordingly. The present sheet is numbered 1143 and was placed by Dezallier d’Argenville among his drawings by Domenichino, rather than with those of Grimaldi, of which he also owned several examples.

Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville, Paris (Lugt 2951), his paraphe and number 1143 at the lower left (as Domenichino)
By descent to his widow, Françoise-Thérèse, née Hémart, until her death in 1778
The posthumous Dezallier d’Argenville sale, Paris, Pierre Rémy, 18-28 January 1779, probably part of lot 133 (as Domenichino, ‘Trois paysages & deux études de figures’, sold for 18 livres)
The Earls of Crawford and Balcarres, Balcarres House, Colinsburgh, Fife
Thence by descent to a private collection.

Giovanni Francesco GRIMALDI

Wooded Landscape with a Castle


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