Long attributed to the Bolognese Domenico Maria Fratta, the homogeneous series of landscapes to which this sheet belongs, was returned to his compatriot Francesco Bosio by Andrea Czere. This group, quite homogeneous, differs from the works of Domenico Maria Fratta, Ludovico Mattioli and Antonio Maria Monti.
Two signed Bosio drawings from the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge and Little Rock, Arkansas Center Foundation Collection and a set of Bosio's Mattioli engravings are now used as points of comparison for the new assignments.
The graphic style of Bosio is marked by the Florentine and Guerchin landscapes as well as those of the Nordic masters, notably in the central position of the tree serving as a repoussoir at the bottom treated in subtle subtle lines, and in the motifs marrying the two. lateral borders of the leaf. Although perfectly inserted in the corpus, our sheet is very close to two others preserved for one at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the other at the Albertina in Vienna.
Comparative Bibliography: Christel Thiem, Francesco Bosio: A Forgotten Bolognese Landscape Artist, in "Master Drawings," Vol.25, No. 3 (Autumn, 1987), pp. 272-276; 322-335; Andrea Czere, Francesco Bosio, Ludovico Mattioli and Antonio Maria Monti: Eighteenth-Century Bolognese Landscape Drawings, in "Master Drawings," Vol. 29, No. 4 (1991), pp. 386-409. Andrea Czere, Artisti Bolognesi nel Museo Delle Belle Arti di Budapest, Bologna 1989, pp. 162-163, n. 79
Otto Kurtz, Bolognese drawings at Windsor Castle, Bologna 1988, pp. 108-109, ill.39-40