Lot 370
  • 370

Follower of Guido Reni

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
  • oil on copper

Catalogue Note

The composition is probably derived from that of a near identical painting in an English private collection (oil on canvas, 30 by 20.6 cm) formerly in the Orléans and Marigny collections, when it was thought to be by Parmigianino, and purchased in London by the 5th Earl of Carlisle in 1798.

A recent exhibition in Quimper and Rennes tentatively gives the prototype to Giulio Cesare Amidano, and exhibits a second version of this picture, from the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Artes in Quimper, as by a member of Amidano's circle.1 While the elegant design does reflect the style of the Emilian mannerist school and the influences of artists such as Parmigianino, Bartolomeo Schedoni, Annibale Caracci, and Amidano, in the absence of the prototype, an attribution of this painting to a follower of Guido Reni is more plausible.
1. See M. Allano, De Veronese a Casanova: parcours italien dans les collections de Bretagne, exhibition catalogue, Lyon 2013, p. 66, reproduced p. 67.