ANN: The Cavalcaselle Collection (Fondo Cavalcaselle)

Giovanni Battista Cavalcasselle (1819-1897), the founder of modern Italian art-historical studies, used drawing as a crucial instrument for his art historical research, which issued in several fundamental texts written in collaboration with the British connoisseur Joseph Archer Crowe (1825-1896). Cavalcaselle drew some noteworthy sketches and took important notes about the technique, the conservation, the attribution and the provenance of some specific paintings placed all around Europe. These materials, donated in 1904 to the Marciana Library by Angela Rovea, his widow, enhance the comprehension of the ways in which Cavalcaselle, as well as his editorial partner Crowe, studied and evaluated drawing, painting and etching skills.

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