Follower of Ferdinando Galli Bibiena

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Follower of Ferdinando Galli Bibiena
Monumental Palace Court. Verso: Sketch of a Hall with Stairs
Pen and brown ink, with gray wash, over graphite, on paper; central arch cut out and laid down on support; verso: pen and brown ink.
5 15/16 x 4 3/16 inches (150 x 106 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, 1982.

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The three drawings inv. 1982.75:109.1-3 were all part of a single album long ago divided, of which other pages are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt, the Princeton Art Museum, and elsewhere. Although some sheets of this album have been attributed to Giovanni Battista Natali by Mary Myers and Elaine Evans Dee, the traditional attribution of the drawings to the Bibiena family or their immediate circle, otherwise supported by Peter Fuhring and Diane Kelder, seems preferable. Donald Oenslager (Oenslager 1985, 60-61) compared the drawings to those in the albums formerly at the Accademia di San Luca, Rome, attributed to Ferdinando Bibiena.

Paul Fatio, Geneva; acquired in 1960 by Donald M. Oenslager, New York.
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Fatio, Paul, former owner.
Oenslager, Donald, 1902-1975, former owner.


Nicolas Rauch S.A. Dessins anciens : architecture, decoration, theatre, particulierment de l'epoque baroque : collection Edmond Fation. Vente aux encheres a Genève. Genève : N. Rauch, 1959, no. 30.