Ercole Bazzicaluva

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Ercole Bazzicaluva
ca. 1610-after 1661
Landscape with Horsemen and a Fortified Town
ca. 1635-1650.
Pen and brown ink on paper.
7 7/8 x 14 in. (200.03 x 355.6 mm)
Gift of Nonnie and George Frelinghuysen in honor of the Morgan's Centennial.

Ercole Bazzicaluva was the son of a painter and studied in Florence under the architect, stage designer, and painter Giulio Parigi, closely emulating the pen and ink landscape drawings that had originally brought Parigi fame. Although Bazzicaluva pursued a political and military career and was not primarily an artist, his landscapes--the present sheet is a typical example--were much praised in their time and may be compared to the nature studies of his Florentine contemporaries Jacques Callot and Remigio Cantagallina.
Watermark: Eagle in a circle. Watermark (transmitted infrared): eagle, circle. 449844wm_2023_124_WM_transmIR.tiff

Jonathan Richardson Jr. (Lugt 2170); Seiferheld-Selz Fine Art, New York; Mrs. Edgar Leonard; Marian K. Frelinghuysen (1916-2008); Henry W. Seherr-Thoss (1946-2022); Elizabeth Hanlon Seherr-Thoss; George Frelinghuysen.
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Frelinghuysen, George L. K., former owner.

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