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After Giovanni Battista Paggi
VENUS AND CUPID
oil on oak panel, with two unidentified red wax seals on the reverse


This painting is a copy after the Genoese artist Giovanni Battista Paggi's composition painted in the first decades of the 17th century, which exists in a number of versions, including one last recorded in the ownership of J.H. Weitzner, New York.1 The work was also engraved by Cornelis Galle I.2

A follower of Luca Cambiaso, Paggi was born into a noble family in Genoa, but was banished from the city in 1581 when he mortally wounded a patron who failed to remunerate him. He was given protection by Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and settled in Florence, and was eventually allowed to return to his native town in 1599. There he set up a studio in his own house, making use of his extensive collection and library to train Genoese Baroque artists including Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione.

1 http://catalogo.fondazionezeri.unibo.it/scheda.v2.jsp?
locale=it&decorator=layout_resp&apply=true&tipo_scheda=OA&id=47428&titolo=Paggi
+Giovanni+Battista%2C+Venere+e+Cupido
2 http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.as
px?objectId=3220378&partId=1&searchText=paggi&page=1


Unframed: 38.5 x 28.4 cm.; 15 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. Framed: 46.9 x 36.7 cm.; 18 1/2 x 14 3/8 in.
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