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Galerie Nathalie Motte Masselink

Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, called Il Sodoma Bazzi, called Il Sodoma

A Landscape, a Study of a Tree, and Three Putti

11 1/2 x 8 7/16 in., 292 x 214 mm


Sodoma was the leading painter of the Sienese School. Its art conveys a refinement, elegance and sensuality that echo his extravagant and whimsical personality. The recto of the sheet figures A Landscape, a Study of a Tree, and Three Putti. The landscape is typical of the Tuscan countryside, with its valleys and emblematic architecture. Our drawing is one of the earliest landscapes drawn from life in European art. The drawing on the verso depicts Saint Jerome in Penitence. This drawing is related to another sheet of the same subject in the Morgan Library, New York. Both drawings share the same technique, same style, same dimensions, and same provenance as they were both once owned by the Spannochi, a family of rich Sienese bankers. The raw realism, the expressive pose of the saint, and the imposing musculature, are characteristic elements of the excessive style of Sodoma, and testify to his extraordinary creative strength.