90
90
Attributed to Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802),
Italian, Bologna, second half 18th century,
CHRIST AND ST. JOHN
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
90
Attributed to Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802),
Italian, Bologna, second half 18th century,
CHRIST AND ST. JOHN
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Attributed to Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802),
Italian, Bologna, second half 18th century,
CHRIST AND ST. JOHN

Provenance

Christie's London, 13th December, 2001, lot 575, where acquired by the present owner; French private collection.

Catalogue Note

This terracotta is exceptionnal for its size and its fantastic modelling.
Born into a Bolognese family of artists, Gaetano's brother was the renowned painter and sculptor Ubaldo (1728-1781) and his son, Mauro (1764-1834), became just as famous. The Gandolfi family embodies the transition between Baroque, Neo-Classicism and Romanticism. Gaetano trained first in his brother's workshop and then became the pupil of Felice Torelli and Ercole Lelli at the Accademia Clementina. His art reached its peak around 1775-80 with The Wedding Feast at Cana (Bologna, Pinacoteca, inv. no. 1468) and his frescoes of Santa Maria della Vitta. Another terracotta, depicting Magdalen, is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (inv. no. M82.212). The Christ's magnificent profile recalls Gaetano's painting, notably his Deposition of Christ (Museo Provinciale dei Frati Minori Cappucini, Bologna) or his sanguine of the Head of Christ sold by Christie's New York (22 January 2003, lot 55).

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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