Please note additional literature for this lot:
A.S. Hoch, "Pictures of Penitence from a Trecento Neapolitan Nunnery", in Zeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichte, vol. 61, no. 2, 1998, p. 224, the Flagellation reproduced p. 225, fig. 12.
We are grateful to Dott. Andrea de Marchi for endorsing the attribution to Niccolo' di Pietro Gerini and for proposing a date at the very beginning of the 1400s. Dott. De Marchi believes the paintings would have formed part of a contiguous hang, imitating the effect of a fresco cycle, and has proposed a possible reconstruction (please contact the department for details).
We are grateful to Dr Maryvelma Smith O'Neil for endorsing the attribution to Baglione. Dr Smith O'Neil proposes a later date of execution during the 1620s, when the artist was working in Mantua for the Gonzaga court.
The painting is displayed in a Fine antique French Louis XIII frame, kindly on loan from Paul Mitchell. Should you wish to purchase it, please contact the department.
Please note that the attribution for this lot should read: Pietro Melchiorre Ferrari
(Sissa 1734/5 - 1787 Parma). A pupil of Giuseppe Baldrighi, to whom this picture was formerly attributed, Pietro Melchiorre Ferrari was appointed in 1785 court painter to the Bourbon Duke Ferdinand in Parma. He was a close friend of the Ghidini family and this painting is almost certainly the family portrait listed in a manuscript inventory of the pictures belonging to the heirs of Alessandro Ghidini drawn up circa 1830 ('Dipinti ed intagli vendibili degli eredi Ghidini') as: 'Un quadro grande che raprresenta I ritratti della famiglia Ghidini di Pietro Ferrari Lire nuove 110'.
F.M. Ricci, Enciclopedia di Parma, Parma 1998 (as by Giuseppe Baldrighi);
G. Cirillo, 'Dipinti inediti del Seicento e del Settecento parmense a proposito del nuovo catalogo della Galleria Nazionale', in Parma per l'Arte , VII, 2001, p. 48, reproduced fig. 19;
G. Cirillo, in Le Collezioni d'Arte della Cassa di Risparmio di Parma e Piacenza, eds. G.Godi and C. Mingardi, p. 46, under cat. no. 37.
We are grateful to Dott. Alberto Crispo for the above information.
Please note that this lot is not offered with a copy of the print by H. Fletcher, as stated in the printed catalogue, and is offered as a single item.
The drawing is displayed in an antique gilt Italian laurel and berry frame with ribbon twist sight motif, kindly on loan from Gino Franchi.