Sep 30, 2010

Landscape with a Man Leaning on a Bale

Landscape with a Man Leaning on a Bale

c. 1640


(Italian, 1591–1666)

Pen and brown ink

Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 18.5 x 26.3 cm (7 5/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2000.23



The tradition of landscape as an independent subject in Italian art stretches back to the 1500s and was flourishing in the 1600s, when Guercino made this drawing. Guercino, however, rarely painted pure landscape, preferring to explore this genre in the more intimate medium of drawing. This sheet, with its fluid pen lines and unified composition enlivened by small figures, is a typical example of his ability to integrate picturesque motifs into an asymmetrical, balanced whole.

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