Landscape with Mountains

Antonio d'Enrico Tanzio (Tanzio da Varallo) Italian

Not on view

This landscape with its rugged mountain peaks and gently rolling plains delineated by luscious brush seems much like that of the Piedmont and the northwest part of Lombardy, the regions where the career of Tanzio da Varallo unfolded. The view is, in fact, evocative of the site of the artist's most famous work, the frescoes within the shrines of the Sacro Monte of Varallo. The drawing appears to have been done on the spot, which was an extremely rare practice for Italian artists of this period. The soft, atmospheric technique with red and white chalks on lightly tinted pink paper is typical of Tanzio, and it is an evident legacy of Leonardo da Vinci in Milan and Lombardy.

Landscape with Mountains, Antonio d'Enrico Tanzio (Tanzio da Varallo) (Italian, Riale d'Alagna 1575/80–1632/33 Novara), Red chalk, highlighted with white chalk, on pink prepared paper

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