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Carlo Dolci
THE PENITENT MAGDALENE
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
20
Carlo Dolci
THE PENITENT MAGDALENE
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Masters Evening Sale

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Carlo Dolci
FLORENCE 1616 - 1687
THE PENITENT MAGDALENE

Provenance

Private collection, Brussels.

Literature

F. Baldassari, Seicento Fiorentino. Sacred and Profane Allegories, Florence 2012, pp. 17–18, reproduced fig. 8.

F. Baldassari, Carlo Dolci, Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, Florence 2015, p. 171, cat. no. 76, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

Carlo Dolci was undoubtedly the protagonist of seventeenth-century painting in Florence. He was a prodigious young artist, who quickly established himself as court painter to the Medici grand dukes and his work was to leave a lasting and significant impact on Florentine painting. In particular his facial types, as well as his impressive use of blues and purples – both discernible in the present work – inspired countless followers, admirers and collectors.

In this intimate copper, destined for private devotion, we find the Magdalene repenting in the wilderness, her alluring nakedness reminding us of her unchaste past. Her breasts are exposed and the blue folds of her robes reveal her leg up to the thigh in a scene that, for all its allusion to the vanity of life and repentance, must, surely, have also been a celebration of the female form.

Francesca Baldassari (see Literature) notes that a preparatory drawing in red and black chalk on white paper is in the Albertina, Vienna, where it is listed as after Bilivert (inv. no. 850).1 She goes on to compare the present work with another small copper, the Christ in the Garden in Palazzo Bianco, Genoa.2

1. V. Birke and J. Kertész, Die italiansiche Zeichnungen der Albertina. Generalverzeichnis, Vienna-Cologne-Weimar 1992, vol. I, p. 442.

2. Baldassari 2015, pp. 148–49, cat. no. 53, reproduced.

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