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Giulio Campagnola (ca. 1482–after 1515)
Buildings in a Rocky Landscape
Pen and brown ink
6 x 7 3/4 inches (153 x 196 mm.)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; I, 59
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Engraver and draftsman Giulio Campagnola arrived in Venice in 1507, where he worked in the entourage of Giorgione. Campagnola and his adopted son, Domenico, introduced a new specialty into Venetian art—the pure, narrative-free landscape. Their large, panoramic landscapes created with flowing rhythmic strokes informed succeeding generations, including Pieter Bruegel, Goltzius, and Rubens, and were much sought after by cultivated collectors.

The dense cross-hatching and extreme delicacy with which the artist rendered the picturesque cluster of buildings suggest the influence of both Albrecht Dürer and Giorgione.

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