Rocky Landscape with a Waterfall

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Rocky Landscape with a Waterfall


Girolamo Muziano (Italian, 1528 - 1592)




about 1570–1575


Pen and brown ink

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48.1 × 38.6 cm (18 15/16 × 15 3/16 in.)

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Girolamo Muziano used a number of devices to weave together the elements of this mountain landscape. A protruding rock extends from the left across the stream, leading the eye across the bridge and along a ridge on the far bank and on to a craggy peak in the distance. The small stream descending in a waterfall provides another compositional axis. Muziano used the paper's blank areas to provide his brightest highlights and further capture the viewer's attention.

As this drawing shows, Muziano's precise technique and cross-hatched shadows were readily translatable to the engraved line. He often supplied compositional drawings for engravings, and this sheet may have been a preparatory study for a print. The three variations on this composition in other collections indicate that this drawing may also have originally been intended as part of a series on the penitent saints. One shows a saint in the bottom left corner, while the other two have empty spaces there; perhaps Muziano left the spot open for that purpose.

European Landscape Drawings of the 15th through 19th Century (October 6 to December 13, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 6 to December 13, 1992
Jonathan Richardson Senior as a Collector of Drawings (November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996
Landscape Drawings 1500 - 1900 (June 9 to August 23, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 23, 1998
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001