Bartolomeo Manfredi
THE CAPTURE OF CHRIST
Bartolomeo Manfredi
THE CAPTURE OF CHRIST

Details & Cataloguing

Painting Passion: The Baroque in Italy

New York

Bartolomeo Manfredi
OSTIANO NEAR MANTUA CIRCA 1582 - 1622 ROME
THE CAPTURE OF CHRIST
oil on canvas
47  1/5  by 68  1/2  in.; 120 by 174 cm.

Provenance

Collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Brussels (then Vienna);
Anonymous Sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 2 October 2002, lot 267. 

Exhibited

Milan, Palazzo Reale; Vienna, Liechtenstein Museum, Caravaggio e l'Europa. Il movimento caravaggesco internazionale da Caravaggio a Mattia Preti, 15 Octover 2005 - 9 July 2006;
Ariccia, Palazzo Chigi, La "schola" del Caravaggio. Dipinti dalla Collezione Koelliker, 13 October 2006 - 11 February 2007, no. 1.

Literature

G. Baglione, Le vite de' pittori scultori et architetti. Dal Pontificato di Gregorio XIII fino a tutto quello di Urbano VIII, Rome 1642;
D. Teniers, Theatrum pictorium, Brussels 1660, no. 234 (engraving);
B. Nicolson, "Bartolomeo Manfredi", in Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art Presented to Anthony Blunt, London 1967, p. 110;
B. Nicolson, The International Caravaggesque Movement, Oxford 1979, p. 70;
R. Morselli, "La Fortuna Critica", in Dopo Caravaggio. Bartolomeo Manfredi e la Manfrediana Methodus, Cremona 1987, pp. 39-40; 
B. Nicolson, Caravaggism in Europe, second edition, vol. I, p. 143, no. 297 (as "lost"), vol. II, fig. 297;
S. Benedetti, Caravaggio. The Master Revealed, Dublin 1993, p. 33; 
R. Morselli, Bartolomeo Manfredi 1582-1622: "Sandrart, il collezionista olandese Balthasar Coymans e alcune nuove proposte", in Antichità Viva, 1993, 3-4, pp. 25-37;
N. Hartje, Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582-1622), Weimar 2004, pp. 315-319;
G. Papi, "Dipinti inediti di pittori caravaggeschi nella collezione Koelliker", in Paragone, 2004, pp. 45-48;
G. Papi, in Caravaggio e l'Europa. Il movimento caravaggesco internazionale da Caravaggio a Mattia Preti, exhibition catalogue, Milan 2005, pp. 288-289;
G. Papi (ed.), La "schola" del Caravaggio. Dipinti dalla Collezione Koelliker, exhibition catalogue, Milan 2006, pp. 38-41.

Catalogue Note

This Capture of Christ re-emerged in 2002 as a highly important addition to the oeuvre of Bartolomeo Manfredi, perhaps Caravaggio's most important follower in Rome after his death. The picture originally formed part of the illustrious collection of the Austrian Archduke Leopold Wilhelm. Until its rediscovery, the picture was known only through an engraving by Pieter van Leysebetten, which was part of a series of engravings illustrating the archduke's collection, as well as through a painting by David Teniers the Younger depicting the picture gallery of the archduke. Gianni Papi dates this picture to circa 1613-1615, based on comparison with another important work by Manfredi, Mars Chastising Cupid (Art Institute of Chicago).

Painting Passion: The Baroque in Italy

New York