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Landscape with Figures and Fortifications.

Artist:
18th Century Imitator of Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)
Date:
1750–80
Medium:
Pen and dark brown ink, brush and black brown ink, over red chalk for the two figures at the left first plan.
Dimensions:
sheet: 14 3/16 x 18 5/8 in. (36 x 47.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.165.108
Not on view
This landscape and the three others (acc. nos. 17.97.17, 80.3.292, and 37.165.99) are typical examples of the work of the forger or forgers of drawings by Guercino - especially of landscapes - who were presumably at work in Italy in the second half of the eighteenth century. All four 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 here seem rather to be pastiches, composite compositions utilizing motifs borrowed here and there from Guercino's landscapes.
Inscription: The verso of the old mount is annotated in pen and brown ink: "Visso" ; and in pen and black ink: "Guercino".
Guillaume de Gontaut-Biron, marquis de Biron (1859–1939)
Burlington Fine Arts Club Drawings by Guercino Exh. cat. London, May-July 1923, fig. no. 23, p. 22-23.

Josephine Lansing Allen "Drawings from the Biron Collection." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 33, New York, March 1938, p. 78.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 255, fig. no. 255, p. 192, ill.



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