Lot 6
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  • bodycolour on vellum
miniature, c.245x190mm, vellum, in an octagonal frame, c.410x350mm, decorated with perforated silver applied to faded red velvet, including four tiny medallions with the Evangelists and their symbols, the large miniature in excellent condition, some losses to the medallions, the back covered with probably contemporary leather nailed to the frame

Catalogue Note

From a private collection, France. This painting-like miniature in its original frame can be attributed to FRANCESCO DA CASTELLO (Brussels 1541-1621 Rome), as confirmed by Elena De Laurentiis (on this artist see E. De Laurentiis, 'Un fiammingo a Roma. Frans van de Casteele detto Francesco da Castello', Alumina, 42, 2013, pp.14-25). Francesco da Castello was a Flemish-Italian painter and manuscript illuminator, active in Rome, also known under his Flemish name as Frans Van de Casteele. The details of his life are documented by the contemporary artist-biographer Giovanni Baglione in 'Le vite de pittori, scultori, architetti, ed intagliatori ...', from 1642.