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PROPERTY FROM AN ESTATE

Giuseppe Maria Crespi
THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
417

PROPERTY FROM AN ESTATE

Giuseppe Maria Crespi
THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Giuseppe Maria Crespi
BOLOGNA 1665 - 1747
THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
inscribed on the banner on Saint John's staff:  ECCE
oil on canvas
17 1/2  by 13 5/8  in.; 44.5 by 34.5 cm.
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Provenance

Amadore Porcella, Rome;
By whom given to The Cleveland Museum of Art in 1936 (acc. no. 1936.350);
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 28 January 2011, lot 40.

Exhibited

Bologna, Palazzo Comunale, Mostra del Settecento Bolognese, 1935, no. 14;
Cleveland Museum of Art, The Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition of the Cleveland Museum of Art:  The Official Art Exhibit of the Great Lakes Exposition, 26 June - 4 October 1936, no. 153;
New York, Durlacher Brothers, Paintings by Giuseppe Maria Crespi (1665-1747), 6 January - 6 February 1937, no. 3;
Cleveland Public Library, December 1960, on loan from the museum;
Las Vegas, Nevada, Tally-Ho, Masterpieces of European Art, 1963, no. 19.

Literature

H. S. Francis, "A Sketch of St. John the Baptist by Giuseppe Maria Crespi," in Cleveland Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. XXIII, 1936, pp. 107-109, reproduced fig. 105;
"Cleveland: A Crespi for the Museum," in Art news, vol. XXXIV, 12 September 1936, p. 12;
Durlacher Brothers: Paintings by Giuseppe Maria Crespi, New York 1937, no.3;
A. M. Frankfurter, "The Neglected Importance of Crespi (Part I)" in Art News, vol. XXXV, 16 January 1937, p. 12, reproduced p. 11;
"Crespi, Master of the Italian Baroque, Revived in New York Exhibit," in Art Digest, vol. XI, 15 January 1937, p. 12;
A. Porcella, Masterpieces of European Art, Las Vegas 1963, p.152, reproduced p. 153, no. 19 (listed as Crespi);
M. P. Merriman, The Paintings of Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University 1968, pp. 202-203, no. 79, reproduced fig. 147;
B. Fredericksen and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Cambridge 1972, pp. 59, 415, 573;
M. P. Merriman, Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Milan 1980, p. 248, no. 44, reproduced fig. 44;
Cleveland Museum of Art, Catalogue of Paintings:  Part Three.  European Paintings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries, Cleveland 1982, pp. 333-335, no. 148, reproduced;
A. Chong, European & American Painting in The Cleveland Museum of Art:  A Summary Catalogue, Cleveland 1993, p. 48, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

This is a study for the figure of Saint John the Baptist in Crespi's Holy Family, now in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow. That work, commissioned in 1715 by Cardinal Ottoboni, and its pendant, The Assumption of Joseph (Hermitage, St. Petersburg), were acquired in 1769 as part of the Bruhl collection.

Crespi painted a number of versions of the Holy Family and the figure of the young John the Baptist remains more or less consistent, suggesting that this study was retained in the studio and used as a guide. 

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