47
47
Giuseppe Cesari, called Il Cavalier d'Arpino
HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN, LOOKING TO THE LEFT,  WEARING A JEWEL WITH PEARLS ON HER FOREHEAD
Estimate
3,0004,000
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47
Giuseppe Cesari, called Il Cavalier d'Arpino
HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN, LOOKING TO THE LEFT,  WEARING A JEWEL WITH PEARLS ON HER FOREHEAD
Estimate
3,0004,000
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Old Master and British Drawings Including Property from the Descendants of Walter Brandt

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Giuseppe Cesari, called Il Cavalier d'Arpino
ARPINO 1568 - 1640 ROME
HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN, LOOKING TO THE LEFT,  WEARING A JEWEL WITH PEARLS ON HER FOREHEAD

Red and black and ochre chalk;
bears pencil attribution on the backing paper: Arpino 


215 by 141 mm
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Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Professor Herwarth Röttgen who has confirmed the attribution to Cavalier d'Arpino from a photograph and provided the following information.1  The present handsome sheet is characteristic of Arpino's style of around 1600.  It is a great and new addition to the understanding of the artist's oeuvre and a revelation about his use of coloured chalks at such an early stage.  The variety of tonalities in the chalks creates a similar effect to pastel, a medium Arpino used in his later years and usually on large sheets of paper (see lot 50).  Röttgen notes close similarities with the head of Antiope in a painting of Jupiter and Antiope of 1594 (whereabouts unknown),2 although he prefers the closer connection to the head of Europa in the Rape of Europa of 1603/6 (Borghese Gallery, Rome), one of the artist's most successful compositions.3   It is certainly comparable to the beautifully shaped oval head of the youthful Europa, who wears a similar ornamental headpiece and jewel.

 

1. Letter dated 18 March 2011
2. H. Röttgen, Il Cavalier Giuseppe Cesari d'Arpino. Un grande pittore nello splendore della fama e nell' incostanza della fortuna, Rome 2002, p. 285, no. 55, reproduced 
3. Ibid., p. 365, no. 117, reproduced 

Old Master and British Drawings Including Property from the Descendants of Walter Brandt

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