After winning the Museum School’s prestigious Paige Traveling Scholarship, Hibbard made his first and only trip abroad in 1913-1914, spending fourteen months filling his sketchbooks and working en plein air as he explored cities across Western Europe. First staying in London and Paris, he then crossed over to Spain and ventured through several of the country’s towns before making his way to Italy.
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Following a nearly two-month stay on the island of Capri in the spring of 1914, he traveled north to Venice and Chioggia. The paintings resulting from these travels were exhibited in his 1916 Boston Art Club debut to much admiration from critics, with one commenting: “The Italian subjects are the most numerous. A brilliant and admirably luminous view of the façade of San Marco, in which the golds and reds of the decorations and the flags are seen in a warm flood of light, is a conspicuously fine performance.” Although we cannot confirm the painting in the exhibit is the same as our San Marco, Venice, Italy, the description is fairly representative of the sparkling gold ornament and swaying flags, softly lit by the day’s last warm rays of sunlight. The painting also exemplifies the broken-color brushwork found in much of his early work.
 “Mr. Hibbard’s Paintings: Nearly Two Hundred of His Works on Exhibition at Gallery of Boston Art Club” (undated and uncited news clipping from Vose Galleries’ archives, possibly Boston Evening Transcript 1916)
By descent through the family of the artist
(on frame) Rockport Art Association exhibition label, 2012
1). (possibly) Exhibition of Aldro T. Hibbard paintings held at the Boston Art Club, February 1916
2). (possibly) Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A.: Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Concord Art Association, September 15 – October 13, 1963, no. 15 San Marco Cathedral, Italy
3). (possibly) Exhibition of Paintings by Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A., The Guild of Boston Artists, April 5 – May 2, 1965, no. 14 San Marco
4). Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A.: American Master, Rockport Art Association, October 5 – November 11, 2012