Bibiena Family Drawings

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Diane Kelder, who earlier had arranged exhibitions which struck amazing theatrical notes on the painting of Monsù Desiderio, as well as a view of representative Baroque diversions, Scenes and Spectacles, has surpassed herself in the present installation of drawings by the Bibiena family, from European and American collections, now at the Philadelphia Museum and to move to the Finch College Museum.

The Bibiena were remarkable. Headed by two brothers, Ferdinando Galli Bibiena and Francesco Bibiena, whose careers spanned the late 17th and early 18th centuries, their sure architectural hands and imaginative resources were transmitted to a succeeding generation of sons, four by Ferdinando and one by Francesco. In turn the family gift was transferred to a still later batch of offspring. The generation of grandchildren saw the immensely profitable family genius vitiated by thinner cousinly ties

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