Lot 112
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Benedetto Caliari

10,000 - 15,000 USD
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  • Benedetto Caliari
  • Recto: Study of a standing female figure with a subsidiary sketch of half a torso and an arm, possibly for the same figureVerso: Study of a man rising from a chair
  • Black and white chalk on blue paper (recto);Pen and brown ink and wash heightened with white (verso);bears Sagredo numbering in brown ink, verso: D.P.n.o 66, and bears another numbering, 554/9 (?), verso;bears inscriptions in pen and brown ink: da Paolo (recto) and da Paolo V. /nella cena del Levita ch'hora in Francia (verso)
  • 313 by 211 mm; 12¼ by 8¼ in


From the Sagredo album (with numbering, see above), the provenance of which is as follows:
Doge Nicolò Sagredo, Venice, by circa 1654;
his brother, Stefano Sagredo, Venice;
his nephew, Zaccaria Sagredo, Venice;
his wife, Cecilia Sagredo, until sold, circa 1743;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 1 July 1971, lot 15 (as Studio of Paolo Veronese), where purchased by Hugh Squire,
his sale, London, Sotheby's, Catalogue of an Interesting collection of Old Master Drawings formed by an eminent Connoisseur, 28 June 1979, lot 72, reproduced (as Benedetto Veronese);
sale, London, Sotheby's 23 March 1983, lot 51 (as Benedetto Caliari)


R. Cocke, Veronese's Drawings, London 1984, p. 354, cat. no. 185 and 185v (as Copies after Veronese, possibly member of workshop)

Catalogue Note

Published in Richard Cocke's catalogue rasionné in 1984 as 'After Veronese', the studies depicted here (recto and verso) relate to Martha and Judas in Paolo Veronese's painting, Feast in the house of Simon, painted for the Servites in 1573, now in the Musée National du Château de Versailles et du Trianon (fig. 1). In Cocke's entry he remarks how these figures are fairly faithful to their painted counterparts, and argues that there are no pentimenti visible in the drawing and that the inclusion of the table cloth beside Martha together demonstrate these are more akin to copies than autograph preparatory studies by Paolo Veronese.  At the time of the Sotheby's sale in 1979 (see Provenance) Richard Cocke confirmed the attribution to Benedetto Caliari, Paolo Veronese's son.  As was so often the practice within artistic family dynasties, the sons or offspring would frequently make copies after their father's paintings as a way of developing their own skills as an artist. 1. T. Pignatti & F. Pedrocco, Veronese, Milan, 1995, vol. I, p. 287, no. 192, reproduced

2. Cocke, op.cit., p. 354, cat. no.185