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ID number:  BIRBI-57.14
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bartolommeo, Fra (1472-1517)
Title / Object name:  An Italian Hill Town (recto) A Farm Among Trees (verso)
Object type:  Drawing
Culture:  Italian
Materials:  Pen, brown and black ink
Measurements:  288 x 217 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Sotheby's, 20 November 1957, lot 9, for £2,000

This well-balanced composition of an unidentified Italian landscape is one of many sketches from nature by Bartolommeo. It shows a fortified town surrounded by trees with a river valley stretching towards the foreground while no attention is paid to the sky. Vigorous and dense hatching has been employed in his description of the hillside in contrast with the loose and curly contours of the foliage. This scene is enlivened by wanderers walking away from the spectator.

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