Giuseppe Galli Bibiena

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Giuseppe Galli Bibiena
Funeral Hall in Ruins
ca. 1750
Pen and brown ink, with brown and gray wash, over graphite, on tan paper; multiple framing lines in brown ink.
16 1/16 x 21 5/8 inches (409 x 549 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, 1982.
Michael Mayr, Eisenstadt and Vienna (Lugt S. 1804a); by descent to Marianne Fajt, Eisenstadt (see Lugt S. 1804a); János Scholz, New York (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b); acquired in 1951 by Donald M. Oenslager, New York.

Scholz, Janos, with an introduction by A. Hyatt Mayor. Baroque and Romantic Stage Design. New York : E.P. Dutton, 1962, pl. 32.


According to Oenslager (Oenslager 1984, 39), the attribution of this drawing is by comparison with similar--if less finished--drawings in the sketchbook in the Vienna Kunstbibliothek with drawings by Giuseppe Galli Bibiena. Oenslager proposed that this large capriccio was perhaps not intended as a stage scene, but rather an independent drawing exercise.

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