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170

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Francesco Solimena
JOSEPH AND POTIPHAR’S WIFE
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
170

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Francesco Solimena
JOSEPH AND POTIPHAR’S WIFE
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Francesco Solimena
CANALE DI SERINO 1657 - 1747 BARRA
JOSEPH AND POTIPHAR’S WIFE

Provenance

Anonymous sale ('una Collezione Privata Milanese'), Milan, Sotheby’s, 19 October 2010, lot 217, where purchased by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

There are two other versions of this composition, both larger than the present work. The first canvas (154.8 x 206.8 cm.), formerly in a private collection in Brazil, was later with the Heim Gallery in London.1 The second, slightly smaller than the latter (152.5 x 204.5 cm.), was with Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, London, in 1990.2

The painting dates to the years around 1690, towards the end of Solimena's youthful phase, when he was strongly influenced by the virtuosity of Luca Giordano's style. Bernardo De Dominici, in his Vite de' pittori, scultori, ed architetti napoletani of 1743, wrote of the affinity between, and mutual respect of the two painters, who, during the 1680s were both busy on important fresco cycles within the churches of Naples and often found themselves working side by side.

1. N. Spinosa, Pittura Napoletana del Settecento dal Barocco al Rococo, Naples 1993, p. 101, reproduced fig. 9.
2. Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, Italian and the Italianate, exh. cat., 20 June – 30 July 1990, London, cat. no. 13, reproduced.

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