Stephen Ongpin Fine Art
Renaissance to Futurism:
Italian Drawings c.1500-1920
29th June to 31st July, 2015
Stephen Ongpin Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of four centuries of Italian
master drawings. The exhibition will include sixty drawings by artists working in Italy,
ranging in date from the first years of the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th
century, and will be a part of the week of drawings exhibitions in London known
collectively as London Art Week. The exhibition showcases drawings by a mixture of
well known artists and minor masters, as well as a handful of anonymous sheets of high
quality. Many of the drawings come from private collections, and have not been seen on
the market for many years.
Among the earliest Italian drawings in the exhibition is a small but moving pen drawing
of the Virgin and Child by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio of c.1500 and an important drawing by
Perino del Vaga depicting a scene from the life of Julius Caesar, datable to the 1520’s. A
fine group of later 16th century drawings includes important works by Palma Giovane,
Lodovico Cigoli and Andrea Boscoli, as well as two drawings by the idiosnycratic
Bolognese artist Pietro Faccini.
A choice group of 17th century Italian drawings includes examples by Ludovico
Carracci, Cristofano Allori, Guercino, Salvator Rosa and a double-sided sheet by
Carlo Maratta, as well as two sheets by Stefano Della Bella. 18th century drawings
include two fine sheets by Giandomenico Tiepolo and works by Ubaldo and Gaetano
Gandolfi, Pietro Antonio Novelli and Marco Ricci. From the 19th century come
drawings by Vincenzo Gemito and Carlo Bossoli, as well as three drawings – a portrait
and two watercolour landscapes - by Giovanni Boldini. The final work in the exhibition
is an abstract pastel by the Futurist artist Giacomo Balla.
The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, fully illustrated in colour and
available on request. For further information or images of any of the drawings, please
contact Stephen Ongpin or Julie Frouge at Tel. +  (20) 7930-8813, Fax +  (20)
7839-1504, or via e-mail at email@example.com.