GIUSEPPE GALLI BIBIENA (Parma 1696-1757 Berlin)
A set design of a palace courtyard with a harbor in the background
black chalk, black and brown ink, gray wash, watermark ‘IV’ (countermark)
1238 x 1812 in. (31 x 47 cm)
with Didier Aaron, Paris, 1975.
Lodewijk Arnold Houthakker (1926-2008), Amsterdam (L. 3893).
with Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London (Drawings by the Bibiena Family and their Followers, 1991, no. 7, ill.).
with Tunkl Fine Art, Zurich.
P. Fuhring, Design into Art. Drawings for Architecture and Ornament. The Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, London, 1989, II, no. 877, ill.
’s-Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, and Amsterdam, Toneelmuseum, De achtergrond belicht. Ontwerpen voor het theater 1580-1850, 1976, no. 12, ill.
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This drawing features the motif of the four-columned pillar set upon a pedestal which was a signature element in many of the architectural designs for courtyards produced by draftsmen of the Bibiena family. In a notebook from the Bibiena workshop now in the Kunstbibliothek, Vienna, there is a preparatory sketch depicting the same view as the central portion of the present drawing (F. Hadamowsky, Die Familie Galli-Bibiena in Wien. Leben und Werk für das Theater, Vienna, 1962, pl. 36).

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