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Landscape, before 1595

Annibale Carracci
Italian, 1560 - 1609
pen and brown ink on laid paper, laid down on heavy wove paper ?
19.8 x 27.7 cm sight
Purchased 1940
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5082)

One of the more modest examples of a landscape sketch by Annibale, this spontaneously drawn sheet was likely executed earlier, at a less idealistic moment of his career, prior to his departure from Bologna for Rome in 1595. The rather placid, calming view of the natural world is characteristic of Annibale’s refreshing artistic sensibility. The hypothesis that it was drawn from nature is reasonable. Indeed, landscape drawing plein-air was a standard part of the studio practice of the Carracci family and their students.

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