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Pietro Berretini da Cortona (1596-1669)

A Wooded River Landscape

Rome, about 1650

Black chalk, brush and grey ink, grey wash

283 x 425 mm

 

Cortona was, along with Bernini, a presiding genius of the Roman Baroque. Excelling as a painter, architect and decorator, he also executed a number of landscape drawings, often as pure diversions. One of the finest examples, this was in the collections of the Earls of Leicester at Holkham, Norfolk until its sale fifteen years ago, when it was saved from export through its join acquisition by the Barber Institute and the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, and with financial assistance from the National Art Collections Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund. 

 

Purchased 1992. Bought jointly with the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, with financial assistance from the National Art Collections Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund. (No. 92.2)

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