GARZONI, Giovanna
(b. 1600, Ascoli Piceno, d. 1670, Roma)

Chinese Vase with Flowers, a Fig, and a Bean

Watercolour and traces of black pencil on parchment, 510 x 369 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Garzoni achieved an unequalled luminosity by stippling richly pigmented watercolour on vellum, a fine-grained lambskin, kidskin, or calfskin prepared especially for writing. Once used for the finest manuscripts, vellum had been largely replaced by paper in book making.

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