Approach to a Mountain Village with Horsemen on the Road
Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)
Pen and brown ink, traces of black chalk; mounted on an album page
11 3/4 x 8 1/8 in. (29.8 x 20.6 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This is a significant early example of pure landscape drawing, produced infrequently in European art in the early sixteenth century. The sheet comes from a now-disbound album of landscape studies by Fra Bartolomeo assembled by an eighteenth-century collector. Fra Bartolomeo likely produced these drawings outdoors during his travels in and around Florence, often to Dominican establishments (he was a member of the Dominican Order). A number of the sites he recorded in these drawings have been identified.
Bequeathed by Fra Bartolommeo to Fra Paolino da Pistoia, Florence; Suor Plautilla Nelli, Florence, before 1574; Convent of Santa Caterina, Piazza San Marco, Florence, acquired after Suor Plautilla Nelli's death in 1588; Francesco Maria Niccolò Gabburi, Florence, acquired in or about 1727; Kent, England, acquired after Gabburi's death in 1742; private collection, Ireland; sale, Sotheby's, London, November 20, 1957, no. 1, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1957.
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)Date: 1472–1517Medium: Pen and brown ink (kneeling angel at left), faint black chalk (the hardly legible standing figure of the Virgin at right) (recto); faint view of buildings in pen and brown ink (verso)Accession: 23.280.7On view in:Not on view