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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Gaetano Gandolfi
THE HOLY FAMILY
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Lot. Vendu 225,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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100

PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Gaetano Gandolfi
THE HOLY FAMILY
Estimation
200 000300 000
Lot. Vendu 225,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Gaetano Gandolfi
SAN MATTEO DELLA DECIMA NEAR BOLOGNA 1734 - 1802 BOLOGNA
THE HOLY FAMILY

Provenance

Possibly Vendeghini-Baldi collection, Ferrara;
Carlo Baldi;
From whom acquired by a private collector, Rome;
By descent to the current owner.

Description

This Holy Family was painted in circa 1775 by Gaetano Gandolfi, Bologna's leading painter of the second half of the eighteenth century. It was in 1775 that Gandolfi, at the apex of his career, produced his monumental signed and dated masterpiece, the Marriage of Cana, in the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna.1

Until recently the present design was only known through a red chalk preparatory drawing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (fig. 1). While the drawing's delicate poses and overall composition are barely altered in the finished painting, the latter stands out for its strikingly warm light and the richness of the primary colors. Gandolfi's confident ability in the handling of paint is also evident in the painting: the smooth flesh tones, both in Joseph's ruddy face and in Christ's body, are contrasted with the thick brushstrokes in Christ's hair as well as the more fluid strokes of the Madonna's red and blue drapery, and the rich folds of the background curtain. The carefully modeled hands are typical of Gandolfi's easel paintings and can be compared with the Madonna Annunciate sold London, Sotheby's, 8 December 2010, lot 35, which also dates from around 1775. 

The attribution has been endorsed by Dottoressa Donatella Biagi Maino, a copy of whose expertise accompanies the painting.

1. See D. Biagi Maino, Gaetano Gandolfi, Turin 1995, pp. 370-71, cat. no. 101, reproduced in color plate LXVIII.

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