GHERARDO CIBO (GENOA 1512-1597 ARCEVIA)
GHERARDO CIBO (GENOA 1512-1597 ARCEVIA)
GHERARDO CIBO (GENOA 1512-1597 ARCEVIA)
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GHERARDO CIBO (GENOA 1512-1597 ARCEVIA)

View of a monastery with figures approaching on a road

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GHERARDO CIBO (GENOA 1512-1597 ARCEVIA)
View of a monastery with figures approaching on a road
inscribed ‘[?] poi/ [?]to acque’ and with inscription ‘d fiorenza’ (verso)
pen and brown ink, watercolor, the study of a tree, with a fragmentary inscription, on a separate piece of paper, pasted to the upper left corner
5 x 7 3/4 in. (12.5 x 19.5 cm)
Provenance
Anton W.M. Mensing (1866-1936), Amsterdam; Muller, Amsterdam, 27-29 April 1937, lot 97 (as Bartholomeus Breenbergh).
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 7 July 1999, lot 23.
with Kate de Rothschild.
Literature
G. Mangani and L. Tongiorgi Tomasi, Gherardo Cibo. Dilettante di Botanica e Pittore di ‘Paesi’. Arte, scienza e illustrazione botanica nel XVI secolo, Ancona, 2003, no. 278.

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Lot Essay

The nobleman Gherardo Cibo was a passionate student of botany and nature, and a talented draftsman. After traveling as a member of several diplomatic delegations to Germany, France, and Flanders, he retired to live a more secluded life in Rocca Contrada (today’s Arcevia), a small settlement in the Marche region. Wandering around the Apennines, Cibo recorded in numerous drawings botanical specimens and views of the surrounding landscape with immediacy and truthfulness.
The artist’s representations of churches, farmhouses and small groups of buildings immersed in nature, such as the monastery depicted in this drawing, remain among the most charming landscape drawings of the 16th Century. While often the artist depicted his landscapes in monochrome compositions on white or blue paper, here he applied colors. A similarly colored drawing is in New York at the Morgan Library and Museum (inv. 1962.13).

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