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Old Master Drawings: Ercole Bazzicaluva (b. Pisa, c. 1610; d? Florence, after 1641)

Bazzicaluva 1: Religion / Bazzicaluva 2: Courtiers and Wariors / Bazzicaluva 3: Misc.
North Italian Illuminated Manuscript / Italian Old Master Drawings: An Overview / Italian School, 16th-Century Drawings
Michelangelo Buonarotti (After) / Raphael / Giulio Romano / Perino del Vaga / Marcantonio Raimondi / Parmigianino
Titian (after) / Andrea Schiavone / Tintoretto / Veronese / Taddeo Zuccaro / Federico Zuccaro / Alessandro Casolani
Jacopo Palma il Giovane / Cherubino Alberti / Luca Cambiaso / Annibale Carracci / Ludovico Carracci

Italian School, 17th-Century Drawings / Bolognese School / Giovanni Baglione / Matteo Rosselli / Ercole Bazzicaluva
Baldassare Franceschini called Il Volterrano / Pier Francesco Mazzuccelli, il Morazzone / Odoardo Fialetti / Simone Cantarini
Domenichino / Francesco Albani / Giovanni Lanfranco / Guercino / Pier Francesco Mola / Antonio Busca

Italian School Printmakers, 15th-17th Centuries: Venetian School, c. 1497 / Raphael School / Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio
Marcantonio Raimondi / The Master of the Die / Anea Vico / Agostino Veneziano / Nicholas Beatrizet
Michelangelo Buonarotti (After) / Giulio Bonasone / Giovanni Battista Franco /Girolamo Fagiuoli / Cherubino Alberti
Titian (after) / Tintoretto (after) / Parmigianino / Giorgio Ghisi / Diana Scultori / Annibale Carracci / Ludovico Carracci
Agostino Carracci / Simone Cantarini / Elisabetta Sirani / Gerolamo Scarsello

Netherlandish School, 15th-17th-Century Drawings / Flemish School, 17th-Century
Bernaert van Orley / Lucas van Leyden / Maarten de Vos / Jan Baptiste de Wael / Abraham Bloemaert
Peter Paul Rubens / Philipp Sadeler / Nicolaes Maes / Rembrandt School

Netherlandish Printmakers 16th-17th Centuries: Lucas van Leyden, Maarten van Heemskerck, Cornelis Cort
Philips Galle, Abraham de Bruyn, Hans (Jan) Collaert, Adriaen Collaert, Karel de Mallery, Theodore Galle, Hendrik Goltzius
Julius Goltzius, Jacob Matham, Jan Sanraedam, Maarten de Vos, Jan Sadeler, Aegidius Sadeler, Raphael Sadeler
Crispin de Passe, Magdalena de Passe, Wierix Brothers, Rembrandt, Rembrandt School, Jan Lievens, Jan Joris van Vliet,
Ferdinand Bol, Govert Flinck
German Drawings: Hans Sebald Beham / Virgil Solis / Hans von Aachen / Joseph Heinrich Roos
German 16th century printmakers: Heinrich Aldegrever, Jost Amman, Hans Sebald Beham, Hans Brosamer, Hans Burgkmair,
Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, Albrecht Durer (After), Hans Holbein (After), Hopfer Brothers, Georg Pencz, Hans Schäufelein,
Virgil Solis, Wolfgang Stuber

French Drawings: Charles de La Fosse / Etienne Parrocel / François Boucher / Jean-François de Neufforge / Mouricault
French printmakers: Etienne Delaunne / Rene Boyvin /Thomas de Leu / Jean Cousin the Younger / Jacques Callot
Abraham Bosse / Sebastien Bourdon / Claude Gelle "le Lorraine" / Jean LePautre
Claudine Bouzonnet Stella / Antonette Bouzonnet Stella / Gabriel Perelle

19th-Century Drawings / 20th-Century Drawings

Ercole Bazzicaluva (b. Pisa, c. 1610; d. Florence, after 1641). Italian draughtsman and engraver. After studying at Giulio Parigi's academy, he became first a "servant of His Serene Highness the Archduke of Innsbruck, then castellan of the old fortress of Livorno, and finally of the fortress of Pisa" (Filippo Baldinucci [Florence, 1625-1697], Notizie de' professori del disegno da Cimabue in qua, an updating and expanding of Vasari's Lives of the Artists). Art was not his main interest, yet Baldinucci described him as "a brilliant draughtsman in pen and ink," and his drawings, which are mainly of subjects inspired by his experience of military occupations, hunts and battles, are highly accomplished. His landscape drawings, which include a View of the Valley of the Arno, with the Villa Ambrogiana (1633; Florence, Bib. Marucelliana), a rare example of a dated drawing, and his Landscape with Rustic Houses and Muleteer (Florence, Uffizi), convey a Tuscan feeling for the pleasures of country life. A group of studies of trees (Florence, Uffizi), reminiscent of similar drawings by Paul Bril, delight in the effects of gnarled roots and tree trunks decoratively patterned against the sky. In 1638 he etched a series of marines and landscapes, which he described, in the dedication to Ferdinand II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, as "rare and imaginary lands." Although these are early works, they are elegantly composed, reminiscent, in their skilled rendering, of the luminous space and soft vegetation of the art of Stefano della Bella and Filippo Napoletano. In four engravings of military episodes (1641) the compositions, with a deeply shadowed foreground set against a deep, broad landscape, are derived from prints by Antonio Tempesta. In the same year Bazzicaluva produced 13 prints for Bartolommeo Bocchini's mock heroic poem Le pazzie dei Savi, o vero il Lambertaccio (1641). A series of six etchings of hunts, of unknown date, are very close to the style of della Bella. (Source: Annamaria Negro Spina, Grove Dictionary of Art, III: 437-38). His works can be seen in the Louvre, The Courtauld Institute (London), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery (Washington D.C.), and the Princeton University Art Museum, among others.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), Antique warrior with two swords. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size: 63x34mm. Price: $1000.

The drawing is shown larger than life.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), Antique Martyr looking left. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size: 68x34mm. Price: $1000.

The drawing is shown larger than life.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), Antique Martyr looking right. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size: 66x30mm. Price: $1000.

The drawing is shown larger than life.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), A Guardsman. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size: 64x20mm. Price: $700.

The drawing is shown larger than life.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), A Courtier. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size: 67x33mm. Price: $1000.

The drawing is shown larger than life.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), Courtier with drum. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Fans of Shakespeare may remember Parolles and his drum in All's Well that Ends Well, written in the early 17th century. Image size: 67x33mm Price: $1250.

The drawing is shown larger than life.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), Courtier with a halberd. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Small paper loss in the chest, no doubt from a wound suffered while on parade. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size: 56x27mm. Price: $750.

The drawing is shown larger than life.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), Musketeer. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size: 51x35mm. Price: $1000.

The drawing is shown larger than life.
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), Courtier. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size:58x27mm. Price: $900.

The drawing is shown larger than life; these colors are the closest to the real thing so far!
Ercole Bazzicaluva (Pisa, 1610-after 1641, Florence), A Soldier and a Scholar or The Active and the Contemplative Life. Original pen and brown ink drawing, after 1630. Drawing on laid paper glued to a larger sheet of laid paper. This drawing may juxtapose the active life of the soldier with the contemplative life of the scholar, a popular theme during the late middle ages and the Renaissance. Our drawings all came from one collection and may have been trimmed from larger compositions to form a library of poses for the workshop of some unknown artist, perhaps Bazzicaluva or one of his pupils. Image size: 51x53mm. Price: $1250.

The drawing is shown larger than life.

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