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Maker(s):Baccio della Porta (called Fra Bartolommeo)
Culture:Italian (1472 - 1517)
Title:View of the Ospizio di Santa Maria Maddalena at Caldine; View of a Farmhouse
Date Made:ca. 1508
Materials:pen and brown ink on cream antique laid paper, laid down on album sheet
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:mount: 16 3/16 x 10 7/8 in.; 41.1163 x 27.6225 cm; sheet: 11 x 8 7/16 in.; 27.94 x 21.4313 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1957.59
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

elaborate stone structure with arches in a landscape; upsidedown image of another building in a landscape

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Sara Ottomano, class of 2015:

In 1500, Baccio della Porta took vows to become a friar and during summer retreats he would visit the monastery of Santa Maria Maddalena, a hospice for traveling, elderly, or infirm friars. After Fra Bartolommeo’s death, his drawings came into the possession of nuns at a convent in Florence who—out of ignorance—used his drawings for kindling or wrapping paper. Eventually a collector bought the drawings, saving them from destruction. The collector William Kent bound an album of forty-one landscape drawings that was broken up and dispersed at auction over fifty years ago. Twelve sheets were bought by American museums, including the SCMA.

landscapes; architecture

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