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View of a Village (Landscape with Woodcutters)

Marco Ricci specialized in capricci, invented landscapes in which he commonly incorporated small vignettes of Italian life. It is rare to be able to identify a specific locale in his oeuvre, although this charming scene of the Italian countryside is suggestive of the mountainous region surrounding Belluno, north of Venice.

Peasants and Italianate villages are used to enliven the woodland scene. Such views of fishermen, woodcutters, and laundresses working along streams and roadways appealed to tourists, who witnessed such scenes as they traveled between cities. Indeed, Ricci often inserted travelers into his images, and in the middle ground of this image there are several figures suitably dressed for travel.

Marco Ricci
Italian, 1676–1730
View of a Village (Landscape with Woodcutters)
1730 (published)
Etching on paper
Image: 11 5/16 x 16 5/8 in. (28.7 x 42.2 cm); plate: 12 9/16 x 16 7/8 in. (31.9 x 42.9 cm); sheet: 14 5/16 x 20 11/16 in. (36.4 x 52.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Collection of Diether Thimme, 98.291