Gherardo Cibo

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Gherardo Cibo
1512-1600
Landscape with a Mill, Leaf from a Dismantled Quarto Drawing-Book
1568
Pen and brown ink on paper.
5 11/16 x 8 3/8 inches (145 x 212 mm)
Gift of Stephen Spector.
1980.13:1
Inscription: 

Inscribed at upper right, in pen and brown ink, by the artist, "Molino d[i] M filippino et aqua Sta[ta superscript] ric. d[i] [symbol Saturn/Saturday] li. 10 d[i] gen. 1568"; beneath this, in black chalk, faint inscription, illegible; in lower right, in pen and brown ink, "34".
Watermark: Bird, fragment (cf. Briquet III, 12157. Rome; 12151. Rome, 1492-1500).

Provenance: 
Rafael Valls, London; P. & D. Colnaghi and Co., London (catalogue of 1971, no. 2); Stephen Spector, New York.
Description: 

This sheet was formerly part of a sketchbook, the flyleaf of which is inscribed Libro 24 and dated 24 October 1567, which was unbound in 1971. On the basis of inscriptions, Elen suggests there must at one time have been at least thirty-seven such drawing-books by Cibo, most of which would appear to have been composed of single quires. This is one of two drawings from the same dismantled drawing book [see also no. 1980.13:2].

Cibo’s inscription notes that this drawing, dated 10 January 1568, depicts the mill of a M. Filippino.”

Bibliography: 

Elen 1995, 360-62, no. 81.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978-1980. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, p. 215.
Exhibition of Old Master Drawings, P. & D. Colnaghi and Co., London, 1971, no. 15.

Notes: 

Folio 9 from a sketchbook, the flyleaf of which is inscribed Libro 24 and dated 24 October 1567, which was dismembererd in 1971.

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Associated names: 

Valls, Rafael, former owner.
Spector, Stephen, 1946- former owner.

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