• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 108

    Baccio del Bianco (Florence 1604-1657 Madrid)

    A group of elegantly dressed figures with two children and a dog

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    Baccio del Bianco (Florence 1604-1657 Madrid)
    A group of elegantly dressed figures with two children and a dog
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark armorial
    7 1/8 x 10¾ in. (18 x 27.4 cm.)


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    It was this type of drawing that the biographer Filippo Baldinucci had in mind when he said of the artist: 'the thing in which Baccio del Bianco excelled, and was perhaps even unique, was inventing and drawing with the pen funny little stories, grotesqueries and caricature portraits which were so well made that they could make people die of laughter' (see J. Brooks, Graceful and True, Drawing in Florence c. 1600, exh. cat., Oxford, Ashmolean Museum and elsewhere, 2003, p. 53, n. 3). Three gesticulating figures, two smaller figures - either children or dwarfs - and a dog engage in a now forgotten narrative. Their fanciful dress, bemused expressions and exaggerated poses suggest a humorous tone as Baldinucci described.
    In addition to these comical, almost caricatural drawings, del Bianco was a military engineer, a teacher of architecture, perspective and painting, and a theatrical designer for the Medici court in Florence, and the Spanish royal family in Madrid (see M. Gregori, 'Baccio del Bianco tra Firenze e Madrid', Paragone.Arte, 60, 2009, Ser. 3,86, pp. 15-90).

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, Rome, 7 November 1989, lot 437.
    With Colnaghi, London, 1990, where acquired by
    James Fairfax, Bowral, New South Wales.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Exhibited

    Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, The James Fairfax Collection of Old Masters, 1992, unnumbered.
    Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, The James Fairfax Collection of Old Master Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, 17 April-20 July 2003, no. 5.