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PROPERTY FROM AN AUSTRIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Follower of Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio
DAEDALUS AND ICARUS
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 591,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM AN AUSTRIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Follower of Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio
DAEDALUS AND ICARUS
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 591,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Follower of Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio
DAEDALUS AND ICARUS

Provenance

Czernin collection, Vienna and Salzburg (inv. no. 141), from at least 1844 until after 1970.

Exhibited

Salzburg, Residenzgalerie, 1970, no. 28 (as Follower of Caravaggio).

Literature

Černínská hlavní pokladna (Czernin Inventory), 1844 (as "Caravaggio");
Katalog der Graf Czernin'schen Gemäldegalerie in Wien, Vienna 1899, p. 15, cat. no. 141 (as Caravaggio);
K. Wilczek, Katalog der Graf Czernin'schen Gemäldegalerie in Wien, Vienna 1936, pp. 23 - 24 (as Follower of Caravaggio);
Eugen Czernin's folio of the years between 1942-46, BDA Archiv, Vienna, under no. GZ5026 from 1946, note 2-5, 9; 
H.E. Buschbeck and F. Fuhrmann, Katalog der Residenzgalerie, Salzburg: mit Sammlung Czernin, Salzburg 1955, p. 32, cat. no. 25;
E.H. Buschbeck, F. Fuhrmann, and A. Ingram, Residenzgalerie, Salzburg: mit Sammlung Czernin und Sammlung Schönborn-Buchheim, Salzburg 1962, p. 39, cat. no. 28;
E.H. Buschbeck, F. Fuhrmann, and A. Ingram, Residenzgalerie Salzburg mit Sammlung Czernin und Sammlung Schönborn-Buchheim, Salzburg 1970, p. 37, cat. no. 28;
B. Nicolson, The International Caravaggesque Movement, Oxford 1979, p. 29 (as Caracciolo);
B. Nicolson, Caravaggism in Europe, Turin 1989, vol. I, p. 74 (under Caracciolo as unconvincing attribution);
R. Juffinger, Residenzgalerie Salzburg: Gesamtverzeichnis der Gemälde, Salzburg 2010, vol. II p. 366, reproduced hanging in gallery in 1955 (as Follower of Caravaggio);
R. Juffinger and I. Walderdorff, Czernin, Verzeichnis der Gemälde, Vienna 2015, p. 44, reproduced (as Follower of Caravaggio).

Catalogue Note

Despite the creator of this canvas being thus far unidentified, the quality of this Daedalus and Icarus must point to a highly accomplished artist.  This is a tender depiction of the craftsman and father adhering ink black shining feathered wings the back of his adolescent son; wings that would ultimately result in the boy's demise.

The theme, as told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses (VIII:183–235), was a rare one in Caravaggesque painting the seventeenth century. Benedict Nicolson, in his 1979 comprehensive survey of Caravaggesque painting, lists only two treatments of this subject:  the present painting, and another composition by Orazio Riminaldi.1  A comparison with paintings by Nicolas Tournier from his Roman period reveals marked similarities in style and handling, although these are, hitherto, insufficient to justify a convincing attribution to him.

1.  Now in The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford. See P. Carofano and F. Paliaga, Orazio Riminaldi, Soncino 2013, p. 126, cat. no. 14, reproduced p. 81, pl. XVII.

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