Walter P. Chrysler (1909-1988); Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 22 January 1976, lot 122 (as Attributed to Gian Domenico Ferretti); Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 8 June 2011, lot 51; There acquired by the family of the late collector.
The subject of this painting is from the Virgil's Latin epic poem Aeneid (BK I:312-430),written between 29 and 19 BC.
Canvas is lined. Overall the paint surface retains well underneath the varnish and an elaborate scene is presented. Two additions, one on top of about 6 in., and another at bottom of about 4 in., that appear to be original are at extremes. There are a few minor scuff marks scattered at bottom right and some faint losses and abrasions possibly due to framing scattered on the left edge. Some tiny pin dots of retouches on the foreground that are visible to the naked eye fluoresce under UV light on the foreground, like for example on the back of the figure sitting on the rock.There are also scattered small areas of retouches in the background sky. The painting overall is in good condition and can hang as is. Offered in a gilded frame with some losses on the carved liner and minor scratches throughout.
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