Ferdinando Galli Bibiena

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Ferdinando Galli Bibiena
Scala Regia
Pen and brown ink, over graphite, on paper.
11 9/16 x 7 7/16 inches (294 x 188 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, 1982.

Oenslager attributed this sheet to Ferdinando Galli Bibiena because of its similarity to three drawings from folio 37, vol. 1 of a two-volume album by Ferdinando Galli Bibiena in the Biblioteca Sarti, Accademia di San Luca, Rome.
Although attributed to Ferdinando Bibiena by Janos Scholz in Theatrical Designs from the Baroque through Neoclassicism: Unpublished Material from American Private Collections (New York, 1940), Scholz later revised his opinion, and in Baroque and Romantic Stage Design (New York, 1949), argued that it was not by the Bibiena at all, but rather by an anonymous Middle Italian artist of the late seventeenth century. Oenslager, however, reattributed it to Ferdinando.

Michael Mayr, Eisenstadt and Vienna (Lugt S. 1804a); by descent to Marianne Fajt, Eisenstadt (see Lugt S. 1804a); János Scholz, New York (Lugt S. 2933b); acquired in 1951 by Donald M. Oenslager, New York.
Associated names: 

Mayr, Michael, 1796-1870, former owner.
Fájt, Marianne, -approximately 1955, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.
Oenslager, Donald, 1902-1975, former owner.


Scholz, Janos, with an introduction by A. Hyatt Mayor. Baroque and Romantic Stage Design. New York : E.P. Dutton, 1962, no. 21, repr. (as "Middle Italy, late seventeenth century")