Lot 25
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AFTER GIOVANNI BATTISTA PAGGI | Venus and Cupid

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2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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Description

  • Venus and Cupid
oil on oak panel, with two unidentified red wax seals on the reverse This painting is a copy after the Genoese artist Giovanni Battista Paggi's composition painted in the first decades of the 17th century, which exists in a number of versions, including one last recorded in the ownership of J.H. Weitzner, New York.1 The work was also engraved by Cornelis Galle I.2 A follower of Luca Cambiaso, Paggi was born into a noble family in Genoa, but was banished from the city in 1581 when he mortally wounded a patron who failed to remunerate him. He was given protection by Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and settled in Florence, and was eventually allowed to return to his native town in 1599. There he set up a studio in his own house, making use of his extensive collection and library to train Genoese Baroque artists including Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. 1 http://catalogo.fondazionezeri.unibo.it/scheda.v2.jsp?locale=it&decorator=layout_resp&apply=true&tipo_scheda=OA&id=47428&titolo=Paggi+Giovanni+Battista%2C+Venere+e+Cupido2 http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3220378&partId=1&searchText=paggi&page=1
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