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Lazzaro Baldi
RECTO: A SAINT PREACHING IN PRISON VERSO: STUDIES OF A MAN'S TORSO WITH RAISED ARMS, AND OF RAISED HANDS
Estimate
12,00016,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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Lazzaro Baldi
RECTO: A SAINT PREACHING IN PRISON VERSO: STUDIES OF A MAN'S TORSO WITH RAISED ARMS, AND OF RAISED HANDS
Estimate
12,00016,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Lazzaro Baldi
PISTOIA 1624 - 1703 ROME
RECTO: A SAINT PREACHING IN PRISON VERSO: STUDIES OF A MAN'S TORSO WITH RAISED ARMS, AND OF RAISED HANDS
Drawn with the brush in gray wash, and touches of gray gouache, over black chalk (recto); black chalk (verso), on beige paper, arched top
335 by 236 mm; 13 1/4 by 9 1/4 in
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Provenance

Benjamin West (L.419);
bears unidentified collector's mark (L.1160, carefully pasted on the drawing)
Henry Addington (1757-1844), 1st Viscount Sidmouth, Prime Minister from 1801-1804

Catalogue Note

Jörg Merz was the first to suggest the attribution to Baldi and he also noted that the drawing illustrates the Biblical passage, I Peter 3.29, which states that Christ "preached unto the spirits in prison."  Alternatively, the subject could be St. Peter or St. Paul in prison, but neither is usually represented in this way.  Dr. Merz has also made a convincing suggestion that the studies on the verso are connected to the figure of St. John being thrown into boiling oil, in Baldi's fresco in S. Giovanni in Oleo, Rome.  A composition study for that work is at Chatsworth.1

1.  M. Jaffé, The Devonshire Collection...Roman and Neapolitan Schools, London 1994, p. 42, no. 157, reproduced; for the fresco, see J.M. Merz, Pietro da Cortona und sein Kreis, Munich 2005, p. 314, fig. 344

 

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