Lot 40
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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino

14,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino
  • Three putti
  • Red chalk and stumping


Harry Michaels,
his sale and others, London, Christie's, 7 July 1981, lot 51,
purchased by a European private collector,
by inheritance to the present owner


Bologna, Museo Civico Archeologico, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Il Guercino, 1591-1666, I Disegni (catalogue by Sir Denis Mahon), 1992, p. 252, no. 159, reproduced

Catalogue Note

The present work was previously dated by Sir Dennis Mahon to circa 1622-27, due in part to stylistic analogies with two drawings at Windsor: Saint Chrysogonus with a putto,1 which is a study, with considerable variations, for the large canvas of the same subject in Lancaster House, London,2 and a drawing depicting Four putti,3  related to the painting of Saint Gregory the Great with Jesuit Saints,4 previously in the Mahon collection and now in the National Gallery, London.

Though it has not yet been possible to connect the putti in the present work to a known painting by the artist, the bravura handling of the red chalk medium and delicate stumping is highly characteristic of Guercino's graphic oeuvre at this relatively early point in his career.

1. D. Mahon and N. Turner, The Drawings of Guercino in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, Cambridge 1989, p. 11, no. 20, reproduced fig. 20

2. D. Stone, Guercino: Catalogo completo dei dipinti, Florence 1991, p. 103, no. 80, reproduced

3. Mahon and Turner, op. cit., p. 20, no. 35, reproduced fig. 36

4. Stone, op. cit.,  pp. 128-129, no. 106, reproduced