Israël Silvestre

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Israël Silvestre
A Panoramic View of Loreto
Black chalk and graphite, brown and gray wash on paper.
8 5/8 x 28 inches (220 x 711 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Franklin H. Kissner.

Between 1630 and 1650, Silvestre often traveled to Italy. During his numerous sojourns, he produced panoramic drawings of Rome, Florence, and the surrounding countryside and used these studies as the basis for a series of topographical engravings. This large sheet, once part of an album of thirty-five views of Italy, depicts the small hill town of Loreto, recognizable by the great pilgrimage church that enshrines the house in which the Virgin Mary is believed to have lived. The composition is close to one of two engraved views of Loreto by the artist dated 1642 and executed in Paris (see (P)1974.56).


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From an album in the collection of Montagu Henry Edmund Cecil Towneley-Bertie (1887-1963), 8th Earl of Abingdon and 13th earl of Lindsey, London and Gilmilnscroft House, East Ayrshire; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 17 July 1935, album part of lot 5; Sir Anthony Blunt (1907-1983), London; the album dismembered and sheets sold by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London, 1974.
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Abingdon, Earl of, former owner.
Blunt, Anthony, 1907-1983, former owner.
Kissner, Franklin H., donor.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Seventeenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, p. 181.
Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 29.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 31, repr.

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