Attributed to ANDREA DE LIONE (Naples 1610 - 1675) A SHEET OF STUDIES. ON THE RECTO SKETCH OF A LANDSCAPE WITH TWO TREES. ON THE VERSO: STUDIES OF HEADS AND FIGURES
Red chalk on the recto; pen, brown ink and black chalk on the verso. 142 x 210 mm.
A tentative attribution, founded on the strong similarities between the landscape drawn here and the handling of the red chalk in a few drawings by De Lione in that medium (i.e. this red chalk drawing in the NGA).
The turbaned male head on the verso also, reminiscent of the oriental heads by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, suggests the name of the Neapolitan artist, who was, in the thirties, strongly influenced by il Grechetto, as by Poussin.
My warmest thanks to Miriam di Penta, who kindly spent a couple of hours of her time offering me some hints about the knowledge of di Leone's draughtsmanship, a topic still to be explored deeply.