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Rocky Landscape with Eight Figures

Artist:
Imitator of Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)
Date:
1750–80
Medium:
Pen and dark brown ink, brush and dark brown ink.
Dimensions:
sheet: 9 11/16 x 16 5/8 in. (24.6 x 42.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1880
Accession Number:
80.3.292
Not on view
This landscape drawing and three others also in the Museum's collection (inv. nos. 17.97.17; 37.165.99; and 37.165.108) are typical and competent examples of the work of the forger (or forgers) of landscape drawings by Guercino who presumably worked in Italy during the second half of the 18th century. All four sheets are executed in a thick, pasty, dark red-brown ink that is the mark of such forgeries. Such drawings are sometimes direct copies after drawings by Guercino or facsimile reproductions thereof, but the four landscapes in the Museum's collection seem rather to be pastiches, composite compositions based on selective borrowings from Guercino's landscapes.
Inscription: The verso of the early mount is annotated and signed in pen and brown ink by Charles Gasc (Lugt 1066): "Barbieri (Giovanni-francesco) detto il Guercino né à Cento près de Bologne en 1590 et mort en 1666. Elève de Gennari / (Benedetto) le vieux / dessin acheté 20f à Paris le 21 Avril 1860 / h=0m288 - L=0m426"; it is also annotated in graphite: "26."

Marking: Stamp of Charles Gasc, French, Paris ca.1850, Lugt 544, at lower left on recto.

No watermark visible: sheet glued on to an old mount.
Charles Gasc (French, Paris, ca. 1850–1860); James Jackson Jarves; Cornelius Vanderbilt (American, Staten Island, New York 1843–1899 New York); Donor: Cornelius Vanderbilt (American, Staten Island, New York 1843–1899 New York)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Coles Gallery, 8: Tapestries and Paintings, Malachites, Vases, Drawings by Old Masters, Etchings, Photographs, and Tapestries in Gallery 4, Main Hall.," 1895.

Coles Gallery, 8: Tapestries and Paintings, Malachites, Vases, etc.; Drawings by Old Masters, Etchings, Photographs, and Tapestries in Gallery 4, Main Hall. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hand-book, no. 8, New York, 1895, cat. no. 292.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 252, fig. no. 252, p. 191, ill.

Prisco Bagni Il Guercino e il suo Falsario: I Disegni di paesaggio. Bologna, 1985, cat. no. 162, p. 194, ill.



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