FELICE GIANI (San Sebastiano Curone 1758 - Rome 1823) LANDSCAPE WITH WATERFALL
Black chalk, on wove paper with watermark A F C. 400 x 303 mm. Top right corner made up.
The drawing compares very well with the album, consisting of 22 sheets, preserved in the Biblioteca Civica, Forlì (Fondo Piancastelli). That album contains landscapes drawn by Giani on the Apennines, on the road going from Faenza to Marradi, traveled by him with a few friends in 1794. Those drawings, far from simple topography, transfigure the landscapes of the Apennines in the exaltation of the natural sublime. Our drawing is certainly to be dated to the same period, and probably represents other locations in the same area.
See Anna Ottani Cavina, Felice Giani 1758-1823 e la cultura di fine secolo, 1999, 2 volumes; volume 2, pp. 711-715, cat. no. A1.