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Master Drawings And Sculpture Week

The exhibition of Master Drawings opens at Illustrationcupboard Gallery, 22 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL on Friday 4 July, and continues till Friday 11 July. There will be a special focus exhibition on ‘Giovanni Bandini and his work in the Duomo, Florence’. This exhibition is part of Master Drawings and Sculpture Week under London Art Week. Also exhibiting in the same gallery will be Galerie Sismann, and their exhibition will be ‘European Sculpture from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Classical and Baroque periods until the 18th century’.

This recent re-discovery of a drawing by Giovanni di Benedetto Bandini, was drawn in preparation for the male marble figures that decorate the recinto (bas-reliefs) of the choir in the Duomo, Florence. This was a project that Bandini worked on from 1560 until 1572. However the project was started by his master Baccio Bandinelli in 1547. Our drawing is a fine example of one of Bandini's drawings for this project. Our drawing was engraved by Jan de Bisschop. In an interesting coincidence the last known drawing from this series on the market was sold by Crispian Riley-Smith to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. For further details click here.  

Also included in the exhibition will be a fine gouache drawing by Francesco Zuccarelli of ‘An extensive Landscape with Figures Dancing, Courting and Merry Making, and Farmhouses beyond’ drawn in pen and brown ink and brown wash, watercolour heightened with white, on two joined sheets of paper. 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 compared stylistically to other coloured landscape drawings recently on the market. 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. For further details click here.

Another interesting discovery is a drawing by the Genoese artist Giulio Benso, who is a student of Giovanni Battista Paggi, whose studio in Genoa was an important centre of the local artistic tradition, Giulio Benso’s earliest known works date from 1622, although it was not until late 1630s that he began to attain a measure of success. He often competed with Andrea Ansaldo for commissions, and both painters were known in particular for their mastery of aerial perspective. Benso painted architectural scenes for a number of Genoese palaces, and altarpieces for churches in and around the city. Among his most impressive religious works are the vault frescoes in the presbytery of the Genoese church of Santissima Annunziata del Vastato. In 1648 Benso painted a fresco of the ‘Fall of Phaeton’ for the Palazzo Grimaldi in Cannes-sur-Mer. Our exhibited drawing A Battle Scene (recto); A Group of Figures, After the Ceiling Decoration of the Salone Dei Giganti in Palazzo Doria, Genoa, the figures on the verso are copied from Perino del Vaga's fresco of ‘Jupiter Destroying the Giants’ in the Palazzo Doria, Genoa. It is interesting to have evidence of Del Vaga's influence on later artists in Genoa. The drawing on the recto suggests that Benso was working on a scene of dramatic devastation and was inspired by Perino's composition. Our drawing is closely comparable to one recently on the art market. For further details click here.

Images above:

Giovanni di Benedetto Bandini, called Giovanni dell'Opera (Castello da Benedetto Bandini 1540-1599 Florence), A Seated Male Saint, inscribed in pen and brown ink lower right margin 'bandin' (recto), black chalk, pen and brown ink, watermark a shield, 335 x 213 mm. (12¾ x 8 in.)

Francesco Zuccarelli R.A. (Pitigliano 1702-1788 Florence), An extensive Landscape with Figures Dancing, Courting and Merry Making, and Farmhouses beyond, pen and brown ink and brown wash, watercolour heightened with white, on two joined sheets, 278 x 410 mm. (10 x 16 in.)

Giulio Benso (Pieve del Tecco 1592-1668) A Battle Scene (recto); A Group of Figures, After the Ceiling Decoration of the Salone Dei Giganti in Palazzo Doria, Genoa, black chalk, pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, on two adjoined sheets of paper, 283 x 520 mm. (11 x 20½ in.)

Further enquiries and images: Crispian Riley-Smith, Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd, Summergill, Kirkby Malham, Skipton, NorthYorkshire, England, BD23 4BS Tel: +44 (0)1729 830 734  Mobile: +44(0)7771 552509 crispian@riley-smith.com or  www.riley-smith.com

Notes to editor, for further details on Master Drawings and Sculpture Week, click here.

Where:  Illustrationcupboard Gallery, 22 Bury Street, St.James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL www.illustrationcupboard.com

When: Friday 4- Friday 11 July 

During Master Drawings and Sculpture Week, opening times:

Monday to Friday 10am-6pm;

Saturday 5 July 12 noon till 5pm;

Sunday 6 July 12 noon-5pm, collectors late opening 5-8pm, click here for an invitation.

Lectures:

Saturday 5 July, 12.30pm: ‘What to look for when buying Master Drawings, tips and pitfalls’, part of Brown’s London Art Weekend, click here for more details.

Sunday 6 July, 12.30pm: ‘What to look for when buying Master Drawings, tips and pitfalls’, part of Brown’s London Art Weekend, click here for more details.

Friday 11 July, 11 am: ‘Giovanni Bandini and the re-discovery’