By Martina Tanga

30 never-seen-before drawings from the Villa Piatti collection in Florence are now on view in Milan. The Florentine auction house Maison Bibelot is inaugurating its satellite Milanese office with an exhibition of these works on paper. The sixteenth to the eighteenth century Piatti collection, consisting of works by Italian School artists such as Ludovico Cardi said Cigoli, Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, Giovanni Mauro della Rovere, known as Fiammenghino, has been preserved in the studio of the painter Giulio Piatti (1816/1872) for nearly two centuries. The exhibition and accompanying catalog was curated by Mattia Jona. This will be a rare opportunity to see these drawings that seldom – if at all – get public exposure. They will be sold at auction April 16th to, most probably, impatient collectors. For those of us without deep pockets, you can peruse the drawings in Maison Bibelot’s online catalog.

Giovanni Mauro della Rovere, known as Fiammenghino (1575-1640), God the Father in glory with the Holy Spirit and angels playing musical instruments, pen and brown ink, watercolor, white lead brown paper, arched sheet.

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