GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BARBIERI, DIT LE GUERCHIN (CENTO 1591-1666 BOLOGNE)
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GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BARBIERI, DIT LE GUERCHIN (CENTO 1591-1666 BOLOGNE)

Homme barbu en buste portant un chapeau

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GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BARBIERI, DIT LE GUERCHIN (CENTO 1591-1666 BOLOGNE)
Homme barbu en buste portant un chapeau
plume et encre brune
13,3 x 10,1 cm (5 1⁄4 x 4 in.)
Provenance
Sir John et Lady Witt, d'où acquis par
Kathleen Jonas.
Vente Christie's, Londres, 3 juillet 2012, lot 15.
Special notice
This lot is offered without reserve.
Further details
GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BARBIERI, CALLED THE 'GUERCHIN', THE HEAD OF A BEARDED MAN WEARING A CAP, PEN AND BROWN INK
The combination seen here of fine, feathery hatching, often combined with some carefully applied dots, can be found in many of Guercino’s drawings. Among the sheets that display the same style and technique are one showing A man weighing spices sold at Christie’s, London, 30 March 1976, lot 12A (see D.M. Stone, Guercino. Master Draftsman. Works from North American Collections, exh. cat., Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, 1991, no. 229, pl. Q) and Madonna and Child with Saint Anne in the British Museum, London (inv. Pp. 4-62; see N. Turner and C. Plazzotta, Drawings by Guercino from British Collections, London, 1991, no. 36, ill.). Nicholas Turner has suggested that the present drawing was executed relatively early in the artist’s career.
We are grateful to Nicholas Turner for his assistance in cataloguing this drawing and for confirming the attribution.

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Lot Essay

La combinaison de fines hachures à la plume et de petits points caractéristiques se retrouve dans de nombreux dessins du Guerchin. Parmi ces feuilles, notons un Homme pesant des épices vendu chez Christie's à Londres, le 30 mars 1976, lot 12A (D.M. Stone, Guercino. Master Draftsman. Works from North American Collections, cat. exp., Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, 1991, n° 229, plate Q) et la Vierge et l'Enfant avec Sainte Anne au British Museum à Londres (inv. Pp. 4-62 ; voir, N. Turner, C. Plazzotta, Drawings by Guercino from British Collections, 1991, British Museum, London, n° 36, ill.). Nicholas Turner suggère que le présent dessin ait été exécuté relativement tôt dans la carrière de l'artiste.

Nous remercions Nicholas Turner d'avoir confirmé l'attribution après examen visuel de l'œuvre et pour son aide apportée à la rédaction de cette notice.

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