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Pen and brown ink (iron gall)
Sheet: 14.4 x 21.2 cm (5 11/16 x 8 3/8 in.); Secondary Support: 22.4 x 28.7 cm (8 13/16 x 11 5/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1997.37
The identity of the artist of this and related sheets was not made until the late 20th century, before which he was known erroneously as "Messer. Ulisse Severino da Cingoli."
Gherardo Cibo was more botanist than professional artist. The compiler of least five volumes of dried plant specimens collected in the Marches (central-eastern) region of Italy, Cibo made drawings in order to record the habitats where he collected plants. He executed this drawing in the field, annotating, at upper left, the dried cornflower (concia fior da liso) he had gathered on the spot. Though Cibo learned to draw landscapes at an early age when he visited Northern Europe, this sheet reveals his knowledge of Florentine and Venetian models.
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