18th Century Imitator of Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)
Pen and dark brown ink, brush and dark brown wash; traces of red chalk in the figures in the first draft.
sheet: 13 1/4 x 19 in. (33.6 x 48.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1937
Not on view
This landscape and the three others (nos. 17.97.17, 80.3.292, and 37.165.108) 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 dark brown ink: "Guercino".
Guillaume de Gontaut-Biron, marquis de Biron
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. 254, fig. no. 254, p. 192, ill.
Prisco Bagni Il Guercino e il suo Falsario: I Disegni di paesaggio. Bologna, 1985, cat. no. 186, p. 218, ill.
William M. Griswold "Guercino." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 48, no. 4, New York, Spring 1991, fig. no. 44, p. 51, ill.
Artist: After Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna) Date: 17th centuryMedium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk, on cream paperAccession: 80.3.453On view in:Not on view