The Italian Gentleman, 16th c.
Attributed to Remigio Cantagallina, Italian, 1582-1656
Italian Pen and Ink
Reproduced in large scale and framed, 58 x 43
The Italian Gentleman and Tree is an enlarged reproduction of a pen and ink work attributed to Remigio Cantagallina (Italian, c. 1582-1656). Remigio Cantagallina was an Italian etcher, active in the Baroque period. He was born in Sansepolcro in the province of Arezzo. He is best known for his etchings of landscapes and religious subjects. It is significant that Cantagallina was one of the first artists to abandon the late-Mannerist vision of nature as fantastic and frightening for a genuine interest in themes from daily life.
In 1612-13 he traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, which he documented detailed drawings in pen and wash of buildings, houses, and cityscapes complete with persons engaged at work or play in the foreground. Among his most notable drawings are the splendid Village Piazza (1633; Princeton U, NJ, A. Museum) and the large View of Siena (Florence, Uffizi).