Lot 101
  • 101

Gherardo Cibo

6,000 - 8,000 USD
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  • Gherardo Cibo
  • Mountainous landscape with a hermit kneeling in front of a cross
  • Pen and brown ink and brown and gray wash heightened with white
  • 195 by 266 mm; 7¾ by 10½ in


Prof. Einar Perman, Stockholm


Laren, Singer Museum, Oude Tekeningen uit de Nederlanden, verzameling Prof. E. Perman, Stockholm, 1962, cat. no. 137 (as Flemish Master working in Italy, end of the 16th Century)

Catalogue Note

Born into an important noble Genoese family, Cibo was initially destined for the priesthood, but decided to abandon an ecclesiastical career to pursue his interests as a musician and botanist.  His real identity was only revealed in 1989 by Arnold Nesselrath; previously, many of his drawings were attributed to a variety of Northern artists such as Bril, Cock or Spranger, or listed under the name 'Messer Ulisse Severino da Cingoli.'  This fantastical landscape, typical of Cibo, shows the strong influence of Northern prints on the work of this poetic amateur artist.
The present drawing can be compared with another similar landscape sold in Paris in 2015.1

1. Sale, Paris, Christie's, 25 March 2015, lot 24