MARCO RICCI | LANDSCAPE WITH A COURTYARD WITH RURAL BUILDINGS AND PEASANTS
Belluno 1676 - 1730 Venice
LANDSCAPE WITH A COURTYARD WITH RURAL BUILDINGS AND PEASANTS
Tempera on paper laid down on panel
8 by 11¼ in.; 200 by 295 mm.
Probably Anton Maria Zanetti (1679-1767);
With Agnews, London, (label on the back, no. 47836);
Sale, Sotheby's, Monaco, 26 June 1983, lot 434 (together with the following lot)
A. Scarpa Sonino, Marco Ricci, Milan, 1991, p. 150, cat. T 46, reproduced p. 308, fig. 260
This and the following work are dated by Annalisa Scarpa Sonino around 1720-1730.
According to Scarpa Sonino this composition can be compared with a tempera at the British Museum,1 which shows a similar staffage and a large tree in the middle.
A drawing in pen and ink and wash with a similar rural building is preserved in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, while another in pen and ink is in a private collection.2
Marco Ricci must have liked this motif with a rural building with a porch on the side, which he adapted within a number of different views.
1. London, The British Museum, inv. no. 1964,1010.1
2. Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal Library, inv. no. 01145; Sonino, op. cit., p. 308, respectively figs. 261 (detail), 262