London, South Kensington
9 July 2009
Vincenzo Mazzi (active Bologna 1748-1790)
The interior of a palace with an elaborate staircase
signed, inscribed and dated 'Vincenzo Mazzi Invento e Disegno L'anno 1778'
black chalk, pen and brown ink, grey-blue wash, pen and brown ink framing lines
8 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (22.6 x 29 cm.)
A. Laube, 1964.
L. Houthakker, his mark (not in Lugt).
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P. Fuhring, Design into Art: drawings for architecture and ornament, the Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, London, 1989, II, p. 614, no.
A pupil of Ferdinando and Francesco Galli Bibiena and a member of the Accademia Clementina, Mazzi was mostly active in Bologna. Apart from some religious paintings and designs for architecture and prints, he mainly produced stage set designs. In 1776 he published his Caprici di scene teatrale, a set of twelve plates.
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