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AN UNKNOWN BELGIAN COLLECTION OF 16TH-18TH CENTURIES ITALIAN DRAWINGS

Petra Boekstal

 

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article is to bring to the notice of the public a Belgian noble collection of Italian Old Master drawings, which was acquired in Italy around 1800 by Baron de Presle. The existence of this collection was discovered when Petra Boekstal was asked to study a small group of drawings. With an old Italian inventory more drawings were found, including a 140 drawings by Giovan Battista Tempesti. The article explains the history of the collection and illustrates a few examples in it.