25. [Dutch school]
MONINCKX, Johannes I
Drawing, pen and brown ink, framing line in brown ink, 14,5 x 24,3 cm, laid paper, signed at lower edge "JMoninx Fecit" (min. crease at lower right corner, trimmed to framing line).
Under passe-partout, under wooden gilt frame (not studied outside frame).
Highly detailed drawing with two travellers on the right foreground approaching a ruined church building attached to a classical colonnade. In the background a circular temple. The architecture forms a fantasy assembly or capriccio of Roman buildings such as churches, ruins and amphitheatres. The manner of hatching, the high sense of detail and the subject matter all correspond to Moninckx' oeuvre from which only a handful signed drawings have survived. This drawing is strongly comparable both in style and subject with a sheet in the Indianapolis Museum of Art (inv. 1988.41). Accompanied by a certificate.
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