In neg., l.c.: Arc Antique a Orange No 2 E. Baldus On mount, stamped, l.l.: Latin Department/University of Michigan In ink, l.l.: 3841/F(?) 04 Stamped, l.r.: E. Baldus Blindstamp, l.r.: Architectural and Decorative/Books/Albert Levy/n.y. New York/ 77. University Place.77 In pencil, l.r.: 85.8 In pencil, verso: Archt Dept.
This black ink drawing shows a landscape scene with a large rocky formation on the banks of a river. A figure, holding a long staff, is seated at the base of the rocky formation and two others stand nearby. The opposite bank of the river is shown in the foreground with bushy vegetation and a group of figures seated at the water's edge. In the distance on the left is a bridge and buildings and on the right there are buildings and figures walking together. The thin pen strokes are quickly drawn and wider strokes of black create depth and shading for this scene.
Many of Guercino's drawings demonstrate a fluidity and rapidity of execution. This landscape is filled with bright light and the position of shadows suggest that the work was executed at midday when the shadows are strong and the light directly overhead. The drama of this work comes not from the groupings of figures but from the juxtaposition of the fixed rock formations and the wind-blown trees.