Lot 67
  • 67

Giovanni Paolo Panini

25,000 - 35,000 USD
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  • Giovanni Paolo Panini
  • christ chasing the money-lenders from the temple
  • Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white, over slight traces of black chalk; within pen and ink framing lines defining the shape of the composition


With Galerie Cailleux, Paris; acquired in 1993 


Paris, Galerie Cailleux, Les Étapes de la création, 1989, no. 11, reproduced in black and white and color;
Paris, Musée de la Poste, Les couleurs de l'argent, 1991-92;
Sceaux, Musée de l'Ile de France, Du Duc d'Anjou à Philippe V, 1993, no. 51, reproduced

Catalogue Note

This is a more finished study relating to Panini's commission from Philip V of Spain for paintings to decorate the palace of La Granja near Segovia (see the previous lot).  It is close in its composition to the other Horvitz drawing and both differ from both the bozzetto and the final canvas in the architecture and grouping of figures. The companion to this drawing, Christ Disputing with the Doctors, was sold at Christie's, London, on 4 July 2000 (lot 18). The catalogue of the Cailleux exhibition of 1989 mentions that both drawings had formerly been in the same collection, and that similar studies for the other two La Granja Paninis were in another private French collection. Elaborate compositional studies such as this are rare in Panini's work and must reflect the importance of the commission.

1. See F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini, Piacenza 1961, p. 152, nos. 107, 108, figs 158, 159