- Domenico Campagnola
- 9 1/2 x 14 5/8 英寸；243 x 373 毫米
Jacques Tardieu, Marseille (L.1541a)
Dr. Michel Gaud
Sold: Sotheby's, Monaco, June 20, 1987, lot 73
Acquired at the above sale by A. Alfred Taubman
Campagnola's landscapes emerge as his most influential artistic legacy and the present sheet is a fine example of his skill in this genre. The medium of pen and brown ink takes us through an undulating terrain where cattle and herders occupy the lower left foreground and mountains dominate the left horizon. Campagnola's distinct truncated lines are used to build up his composition and only deviate to form loops and curls when denoting foliage. Whilst using a somewhat formulaic line, similar to the printing technique, the result achieved in his drawings is never static. This is a particularly harmonious and vibrant example where the composition pulsates with an electric energy.
Comparable landscape drawings are in the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth, notably numbers 264 and 269, which are both stylistically close to the present sheet (Michael Jaffé, The Devonshire Collection of Italian Drawings: Venetian and North Italian Schools, London, 1994, p. 53, no. 264 and p. 55, no. 269). Another similar landscape is at Christ Church, Oxford (J. Byam Shaw, Drawings by Old Masters at Christ Church Oxford, 2 vols, Oxford, 1976, vol. I, cat no. 725, vol. II, pl. 426).