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Classical Landscape with Five Fishermen
17th century
Transparent and opaque watercolor on paper

195 x 277 mm
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection

Morgan Library and Museum, The

Excerpt from The Pierpont Morgan Library Department of Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library and Museum:

Domenichino, 1581-1641
Classical Landscape with Five Fishermen, 17th century

Arriving in Rome soon after 1600 to help his compatriot Annibale Carracci with the Farnese Gallery, Domenichino soon after was given a commission for frescos at the abbey at Grotto Ferrata. This project established him as a leading painter of baroque classicism. Domenichino rarely created large genre landscapes after he and his assistants finished the Apollo frescos at the Villa Aldobrandini around 1608 however, he produced a limited number of small paintings of that subject in oil. He made roughly twenty easel landscapes for patrons who commissioned other work. The present sheet might be an example of what Richard Spear has called Domenichino’s "early method of composing landscapes with interlocking but thematically isolated genre incidents" that look to Annibale’s work for guidance (Richard Spear. Domenichino. New Haven and London, 1982).


Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), Italian, (1581–1641)
b. October 21, 1581, Bologna
d. 1641

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