Don Bernardo ZILOTTI - 1716 - 1783
Study of Trees
Venetian School

Pen and brown ink

28.5 X 21.0 cm

Provenance :

Euro :

M.Y. Banks Esq.
Houthakker 1975



Don Bernardo Zilotti or Ziliotti, was born in Borso del Grappa in 1716. He began his studies in Bassano under the draughtsman Giambattista Remondini and then later moved to Venice where he studied the etchings of Wagner and Bartolozzi. There Zilotti etches a series of landscapes after Giuseppe Maria Marieschi and a series of his own landscape drawings. He became mainly known as a draughtsman and etcher of landscape compositions, whose works are conserved in the various veneto graphic collections. Bernardo Zilotti died in Venice in 1783.

The present drawing can be compared to his many landscape drawings which are mainly of twisted tree stumps that are executed in pen with a dark brown ink. Several of these drawings were recently published in an exhibition devoted to the artist. Comparative drawings are the “Landscape with Trees” in the Museum of Budapest (inv.no.65.1.K),  two drawings of “Extensive Landscape with Mountains and Trees” are in the Museo Civico in Bassano, formerly from the Riva Collection (inv.nos.152, 510) and  “A Tree by an Outcrop” formerly with Christie’s in New York in 1996, and “A Wooded Landscape with a Gnarled Tree” formerly with Christie’s London in 1994.


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