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ID number:  BIRBI-92.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Cortona, Pietro Berretini da (1596-1669)
Title / Object name:  A Wooded River Landscape
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1650
Materials:  Black chalk, brush and grey ink, grey wash
Measurements:  283 x 425 mm
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Cortona was, along with Bernini, a presiding genius of the Roman Baroque. Excelling as a painter, architect and decorator, he also executed a number of landscape drawings, often as pure diversions. One of the finest examples, this was in the collection of the Earls of Leicester at Holkham, Norfolk until its sale fifteen years ago, when it was saved from export through its joint acquisition by the Barber Institute and Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, and with financial assistance from the National Art Collections Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Old Master Drawings from Holkham Hall', British Museum, London, UK, 05 November 1992 - 29 November 1992; 'Old Master Drawings from Holkham Hall', Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 03 December 1992 - 23 December 1992, 'Old Master Drawings from Holkham Hall', Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford, UK, 05 January 1993 - 31 January 1993; 'Old Master Drawings from Holkham Hall', Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 04 February 1993 - 28 February 1993; 'Old Master Drawings from Holkham Hall', National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, 05 March 1993 - 18 March 1993; 'Old Master Drawings from Holkham Hall', Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, 06 April 1993 - 09 May 1993; 'Saved! 100 Years of the National Arts Collection Fund', Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 23 October 2003 - 18 January 2004

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Cortona, Pietro Berretini da
Italian
1596
1669

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Saved! 100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund
Verdi, R
Hayward Gallery Publishing
2003
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