Lot 105
  • 105

Corrado Giaquinto

200,000 - 300,000 USD
205,000 USD
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  • Corrado Giaquinto
  • The Last Supper
  • oil on canvas
  • 23 1/4 by 44 in.; 60.3 by 111.8 cm.


W.P. Wilstach, Philadelphia, by whom bequeathed in 1904 to the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, inv. no. W04-1-36;
By whom sold, Philadelphia, Samuel T. Freeman, October 30, 1954, lot 141 (as attributed to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo);
Dr. William S. Serri, Woodbury, NJ;
Thence by descent to the present collector.


M. d'Orsi, Corrado Giaquinto, Rome 1958, pp. 122, 147, no. 316, reproduced, fig. 161 (as dateable to 1753-62).

Catalogue Note

Giaquinto's paintings from the 1740's, the period to which Irene Cioffi dates the present work,are characterized by a lovely, soft palette and elegant rococo forms.  His figures are inspired by those of  Sebastiano Conca, one of his Roman contemporaries, while his smooth, painterly technique reveals the influence of  Francesco Solimena, with whom Giaquinto probably came into contact with as a young man in Naples. 

The 1740s and early 50s were a particularly productive period for Giaquinto.  In 1740 he was admitted to the Accademia di San Luca, Rome, and sometime shortly thereafter he established a studio in which he trained young Spanish artists who had been sent to Rome to complete their studies.  In 1753, Giaquinto left Rome for Spain; indeed the artist's work there left a profound influence on the generation of artists active in Spain during the second half of the 18th century, such as Francisco Bayeu, Antonio González Velázquez and Francisco de Goya.  

The reverse of the stretcher is inscribed in an old, possibly 18th century hand, L'ultima Cena di Nro Signore.

1 When Irene Cioffi confirmed, upon first hand examination, the attribution of the present work to Corrado Giaquinto, she dated it to the artist's Roman period of the 1740's, approximately a decade earlier than d'Orsi dated the painting (see literature) when the artist was in Spain.