Seventeen drawings by Luca Cambiaso or after his style, mainly of the evangelists, prophets or female sibyls sitting on clouds, but with some other subjects, one probably of the Death of Adonis, mid-sixteenth century. These drawings had entered the collections of the Hartley Institution by 1879 (MS 1/1/13, pp. 182, 188-9.) Some of them, to judge from the paper of some of the backings, may have been in French collections in the eighteenth century.
Drawings by or after L. Cambiaso
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Administrative / Biographical History
Luca Cambiaso (1527-85) was born in Genoa and he initially worked with his father, Giovanni (1495-1579), a painter. Luca Cambiaso had a tremendous facility for drawing, which was widely imitated in Genoa. He went to Spain in 1567 to work for Philip II, particularly on the Escorial, and was appointed his court painter in 1583. He continued to work in Italy.
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Compiled by Gwennyth Anderson
Other Finding Aids
B. Suida Manning and W. Suida LUCA CAMBIASO: LA VITA E LE OPERE (Milan, 1958) illustrates analogous material.