Extensive Mountainous Landscape with a Castle and Two Seated Figures

Francesco BRIZIO
17th century

Francesco Brizio (ca. 1574-1623)

Original drawing in pen and brown ink on laid paper, 256 x 385 mm., laid down to a Talman-type mount. An extensive Carracci-style landscape (formerly given to Agostino Carracci) with seated nude figures in the foreground; small losses restored. Though originally given to Agostino Carracci, and sold as by him in 1998, the attribution to Brizio, who was the best disciple of Ludovico Carracci, was given later by Ann Sutherland-Harris. Brizio was born in Bologna and was thought to be originally a pupil of Passarotti, but later studied under Agostino and Ludovico Carracci. There are fine paintings by him in both San Petronio and San Domenico in Bologna. He was also quite active as both an etcher and engraver (The Illustrated Bartsch lists about fifty prints by him) and is known to have completed plates left unfinished by Agostino Carracci. The present drawing is remarkably close to ylandscapes by Agostino.
Provenance: Formerly in the collections of Robert Udny (1722-1802) of Udny Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (Lugt 2248) and Ercole Lelli (1702-1766), Lugt 2852, and with their collector's marks. Also, on the basis of the mount, possibly from the collection of John Talman (1677-1726), Lugt 2462.

10 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches