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News: Ruskin’s watercolour of Bellinzona

On 29 September 2014 Sublimesites.co published an article, ‘In Ruskin’s Footsteps at Bellinzona’. This focused on an important watercolour that Ruskin painted there in 1868, and for the first time identified his exact viewpoint. I notice with some interest therefore that Lowell Libson is exhibiting Bellinzona at the Maastrich Art Fair 11-20 March 2016.

The Church of San Quirico above Bellinzona, looking north towards the St Gotthard Pass Photograph by David Hill, 2 November 2012, 15.36

The Church of San Quirico above Bellinzona, looking north towards the St Gotthard Pass
Photograph by David Hill, 2 November 2012, 15.36

John Ruskin The Church of San Quirico at Daro above Bellinzona, Switzerland, looking north towards the St Gotthard Pass. Called Cure's Garden at Bellinzona, 1858 Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on light blue tinted paper, 20 1/2 x 14 ins, 520 x 355 mm See SublimeSites.co, 29 September 2014, for discussion of the exact viewpoint. Image courtesy of Lowell Libson. To see the full catalogue entry on Lowell Libson’s website click on the following link, and use you browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page: http://www.lowell-libson.com/pictures/bellinzona-switzerland-looking-towards-the-st-gotthard-pass

John Ruskin
The Church of San Quirico at Daro above Bellinzona, Switzerland, looking north towards the St Gotthard Pass. Called Cure’s Garden at Bellinzona, 1858
Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on light blue tinted paper, 20 1/2 x 14 ins, 520 x 355 mm
See SublimeSites.co, 29 September 2014, for discussion of the exact viewpoint.
Image courtesy of Lowell Libson. To see the full catalogue entry on Lowell Libson’s website click on the following link, and use you browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page:
http://www.lowell-libson.com/pictures/bellinzona-switzerland-looking-towards-the-st-gotthard-pass

Alongside that Lowell Libson has two more fine Ruskin Swiss subjects and one Venetian. One of the points I make in the original article is that Ruskin’s Bellinzona appears to be but one part of a mosaic of studies that together would have formed a continuous panorama of the view of Bellinzona from near the church of St Quirico at Daro. As its happens, Lowell Libson is showing a very good example of just that procedure in one of the other Swiss subjects, a watercolour of Baden, Switzerland, made up of several separate drawing put together.

John Ruskin Baden, Switzerland, 1863 Pencil and watercolour on five sheets of paper, 517 x 380 mm Exhibited by Lowell Libson at TEFAF, Maastrich, 11-20 March 2016 Image courtesy of Lowell Libson. To see the full catalogue entry on Lowell Libson’s website click on the following link, and use you browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page: http://www.lowell-libson.com/pictures/baden-switzerland

John Ruskin
Baden, Switzerland, 1863
Pencil and watercolour on five sheets of paper, 517 x 380 mm
Exhibited by Lowell Libson at TEFAF, Maastrich, 11-20 March 2016
Image courtesy of Lowell Libson. To see the full catalogue entry on Lowell Libson’s website click on the following link, and use you browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page:
http://www.lowell-libson.com/pictures/baden-switzerland

The drawing of Thun that completes the Swiss triad, must also have formed part of a similar mosaic of studies.

John Ruskin View of Thun, 1854 Pencil and watercolour 336 x 470 mm Exhibited by Lowell Libson at TEFAF, Maastrich, 11-20 March 2016 Image courtesy of Lowell Libson. To see the full catalogue entry on Lowell Libson’s website click on the following link, and use you browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page: http://www.lowell-libson.com/pictures/view-of-thun

John Ruskin
View of Thun, 1854
Pencil and watercolour 336 x 470 mm
Exhibited by Lowell Libson at TEFAF, Maastrich, 11-20 March 2016
Image courtesy of Lowell Libson. To see the full catalogue entry on Lowell Libson’s website click on the following link, and use you browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page:
http://www.lowell-libson.com/pictures/view-of-thun

For a comprehensive listing of Lowell Libson current stock and past catalogues go to:
http://lowell-libson.com/

For TEFAF Maastrich go to:
http://www.tefaf.com/

John Ruskin The Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, 1877 Pencil and watercolour 90 x 265 mm Exhibited by Lowell Libson at TEFAF, Maastrich, 11-20 March 2016 Image courtesy of Lowell Libson. To see the full catalogue entry on Lowell Libson’s website click on the following link, and use you browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page: http://www.lowell-libson.com/pictures/john-ruskin

John Ruskin
The Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, 1877
Pencil and watercolour 90 x 265 mm
Exhibited by Lowell Libson at TEFAF, Maastrich, 11-20 March 2016
Image courtesy of Lowell Libson. To see the full catalogue entry on Lowell Libson’s website click on the following link, and use you browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page:
http://www.lowell-libson.com/pictures/john-ruskin

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