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Farmhouse on the Slope of a Hill

Farmhouse on the Slope of a Hill

c. 1508

Fra Bartolommeo

(Italian, 1472-1517)

Pen and brown ink

Support: Cream(3) laid paper, perimeter mounted to cream(2) laid paper (F.M.N.Gabburri's mount)

Sheet: 22.3 x 29.4 cm (8 3/4 x 11 9/16 in.); Secondary Support: 27.5 x 41.2 cm (10 13/16 x 16 1/4 in.)

Gift of the Hanna Fund, Purchase, Dudley P. Allen Fund, Delia E. Holden Fund and L. E. Holden Fund 1957.498

Description

In 1957 a group of 41 sheets depicting landscapes by Fra Bartolommeo, one of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance, appeared on the art market. The discovery was significant. They are among the first works of Western art dedicated completely to nature-landscapes for their own sake, without suggestion of biblical or historical narrative. The rapidity and regularity of strokes used for the evergreen and deciduous trees and the sweeping lines in the foreground suggest that the landscape in Farmhouse on the Slope of a Hill was done directly from nature.

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