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Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-Venice 1730)

Herds terrified by a storm c. 1727

Pen and ink, wash and bodycolour on blue paper | 38.8 x 52.8 cm | RCIN 991129

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Blue paper was particularly associated with drawings by Venetian artists from the sixteenth century. Marco Ricci used the paper’s mid-tone to add both darker wash and white highlights to this stormy scene. Such atmospheric effects are often seen in his paintings.