Italianate landscape with figures dancing

FRANCESCO ZUCCARELLI (1702-1788)

Italianate landscape with figures dancing

c. 1768 England

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Zuccarelli's first teacher in Florence was the Roman landscapist Paolo Anesi. According to his biographer, Francesco Maria Tasi, when Zuccarelli moved to Rome in 1713-4 he was taught history painting by the Tuscans Giovanni Maria Mornadi and Pietro Nelli. In Rome Zuccarelli studied the landscapes of Claude Gellée and the contemporary painters Andrea Locatelli and Jan Frans van Bloemen. Zuccarelli''s first commission was for two altarpieces for his native town of Pitigliano in 1724. After only four years in Florence he moved to Venice, where he entered the studio of Sebastiano Ricci. From this time he mainly painted landscapes. In Venice his career grew rapidly working for the most famous collectors such as Marshal Schulenburg, Anton Maria Zanetti and Giambattista Albrizzi. His main patron was Consul Smith (1682-1770) who in 1752 persuaded him to follow Canaletto's example and move to London. Zuccarelli stayed in London for 15 years, with a break of 3 years, and painted many landscapes for collectors. Amongst them was the famous collector of drawings John Barnard (d.1784).

Zuccarelli's drawings were rarely intended as studies for paintings and were highly prized. Our drawing is a characteristic drawing by the artist and can be compaed stylistically to other coloured landscape drawings recently on the market, such as ' A landscape with Peasants and Castle near a Village' from the collection of P. en N.de Boer, and ' A Landscape with Peasants and Cattle and Sheep beside a River '. It is interesting to note that Zuccarelli often ' signed ' his drawings with a gourd in the foreground, like our drawing in the left foreground, and the one from the de Boer collection. The gourd was a pun on Zuccarelli's name, ' gourd ' translates as 'zucca ' in Italian.
Excellent condition
Dimensions
Height 27.80 cm (10.94 inches)
Width 41.00 cm (16.14 inches)
Medium
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, watercolour heightened with white, on two joined sheets
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