150
150
North Italian follower of Caravaggio
THE DENIAL OF SAINT PETER
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT
150
North Italian follower of Caravaggio
THE DENIAL OF SAINT PETER
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

North Italian follower of Caravaggio
THE DENIAL OF SAINT PETER

Provenance

Anonymous sale, Genoa, Wannenes, 30 November 2016, lot 662 (as an early work by Bernardo Strozzi).

Catalogue Note

At the time of the 2016 sale in Genoa, the attribution to Strozzi was endorsed by Camillo Manzitti. This dramatic scene would seem to have been produced by someone working in Genoa during the first decades of the 17th century, but in the opinion of, among others, Mary Newcome and Erich Schleier, it is not the work of Strozzi.

One possible attribution might be to Giuspeppe Vermiglio (Turin c.1585–1635). Vermiglio had his first training in Rome where he lived from 1604, before returning to his native Piedmont just before 1622. His style seems to be strongly influenced by Lombard and Bolognese masters such as Giulio Cesare Procaccini and Guido Reni. Active mainly in northern Italy, where he decorated a number of churches and public buildings in Novara and Alessandria, Vermiglio demonstrates in his works a predilection for strong Caravaggesque chiaroscuro and a palette of neutral colours interspersed with strong red accents. The figure of Saint Peter, with his grey beard, furrowed brow and coarse gesturing upheld hands, is particularly similar to Vermiglio's figure of Saint Peter in a painting of the same subject in a private collection in Lugano.1

1. D. Pescarmona et. al., Giuseppe Vermiglio, Un pittore caravaggesco tra Roma e la Lombardia, exh. cat., Milan 2000, p. 86, cat. no. 3, reproduced p. 87.

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