Landscape with an Old Woman Holding a Spindle, after Domenico Campagnola
Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
after Domenico Campagnola (Italian, Venice (?) 1500–1564 Padua)
Red chalk. Framing lines in pen and brown ink.
8 1/8 x 12 1/2 in. (20.6 x 31.8 cm)
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Not on view
A wealthy banker, Pierre Crozat (1661-1740) was one of the foremost collectors of drawings in the eighteenth century. He befriended Watteau, offering him commissions, housing, and access to his collection. Watteau was entranced with the sixteenth-century Venetian landscape drawings he found there and copied many of them. In this case, the original drawing by Domenico Campagnola (1500–1564) is also in the collection of the Museum (1972.118.243). Although he is faithful to Campagnola's composition, Watteau substituted his preferred medium, red chalk, for the Venetian's pen and brown ink.
Walter C. Baker; André de Hevesy (French)sale, London, Sotheby's, April 25, 1951, lot 70 (bought in by Hevesy for 220 pounds).; Mathias Komor, New York (born 1909); Donor: Walter C. Baker
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Artist: Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)Date: ca. 1714Medium: Red chalk. A strip of paper 1.2 cm. in height has been added at upper margin.Accession: 80.3.524On view in:Not on view