A lovely 18th century Venetian school watercolour miniature of the Florentine painter Cimabue with a stunning period open work frame.
Cimabue (c. 1240 – 1302), also known as Cenni di Pepi, was an Italian painter and designer of mosaics from Florence from the late 13th century. He is first recorded in Rome in 1272 where he is referred to as a 'Florentine painter'. Together with the younger Duccio and Giotto, Cimabue was one of the pioneering artists of the early Italian Renaissance. His works represent a crucial moment in the history of art when Italian painters, while still influenced by Byzantine painting, were exploring the naturalistic depiction of forms and three-dimensional space. This is a mid-18th century watercolour after the etching of Cimabue by Nicholas De L'Armessin (Paris 1632-1694).
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