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Approach to a Mountain Village with Horsemen on the Road

Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)

Date:
ca. 1501
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, traces of black chalk; mounted on an album page
Dimensions:
11 3/4 x 8 1/8 in. (29.8 x 20.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.270
  • Description

    This is a significant early example of pure landscape drawing, produced infrequently in European art in the early sixteenth century. This sheet comes from a now-disbound album of landscape studies by Fra Bartolomeo assembled by an eighteenth-century collector. Fra Bartolomeo likely produced these drawings out of doors during his travels in and around Florence, often to Dominican establishments (he took religious vows and entered the monastery of San Marco in Florence in 1504). A number of the sites he recorded in these drawings have been identified, while others are no longer recognizable.

  • Provenance

    Bequeathed by Fra Bartolommeo to Fra Paolino da Pistoia, Florence; Suor Plautilla Nelli, Florence, before 1574; Convent of Santa Caterina, Piazza San Marco, Florence, acquired after Suor Plautilla Nelli's death in 1588; Francesco Maria Niccolò Gabburi, Florence, acquired in or about 1727; Kent, England, acquired after Gabburi's death in 1742; private collection, Ireland; sale, Sotheby's, London, November 20, 1957, no. 1, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1957.

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