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Details & Cataloguing

The Vittorio & Caterina Di Capua Collection, Turin

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Follower of Francesco Solimena
ADAM AND EVE

Provenance

Anonymous sale, Milan, Sotheby's, 4 June 2003, lot 22 (as Bottega di Francesco Solimena).

Catalogue Note

A copy after an oft-repeated composition by Solimena, the most famous autograph version of which is part of a series of eight canvasses, all previously in the collection of Alois Thomas Raimund von Harrach, viceroy of Naples from 1728 - 1732, and still remain the collection of his descendants at the Schloss Rohrau, near Vienna.1 Among the many studio versions and copies are two other autograph versions are recorded: one as having been in the Landesmuseum, Bonn2 and the other in the Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie, in Laon, France. The present copy is nearest to the Bonn version.

1. N. Spinosa, Pittura Napoletana del Settecento, Naples 1986, p. 115, cat. no. 46, reproduced p. 205, fig. 50.
2. F. Bologna, Francesco Solimena, Naples 1958, p. 249, reproduced fig. 168. This version was sold from the collection in the Landesmuseum at Lempertz in 1935.

The Vittorio & Caterina Di Capua Collection, Turin

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