Art: Double Draftsman

Manhattan gallery-hoppers found a refreshing change last week from the usual abstract-expressionist slatherings. Rome's Domenico Gnoli, an Old World newcomer of 26. exhibited a sheaf of big, clear-cut, conservative drawings at the Bianchini Gallery, found himself famed and in the money. What attracted critics and buyers alike was Gnoli's obvious mastery, modesty and calm. Though not the greatest virtues possible to art, these qualities are currently rare—and as delightful as cold water after a binge.

Gnoli was strictly raised for his profession by his father, an art expert and critic. At twelve, the boy was required not only to identify art styles...

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