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Pietro Berrettini, called Pietro da Cortona
RECTO: A RECLINING WOMAN WITH A CHILD AND AN URN VERSO: STUDY OF AN URN 
Estimate
18,00022,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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139
Pietro Berrettini, called Pietro da Cortona
RECTO: A RECLINING WOMAN WITH A CHILD AND AN URN VERSO: STUDY OF AN URN 
Estimate
18,00022,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Pietro Berrettini, called Pietro da Cortona
CORTONA 1596 (?) - 1669 ROME
RECTO: A RECLINING WOMAN WITH A CHILD AND AN URN VERSO: STUDY OF AN URN 
Red chalk (recto); black chalk (verso);
bears numbering, recto, in the hand of the double-numbering collector (see Provenance), and old attribution in pen and brown ink: Pietro da Cortona and inscription on the verso, only partly legible: .....Sempre Scolaro di mola. Bello and letter G.
173 by 227 mm; 6¾ by 9 in
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Provenance

The double numbering collector, with his numbering and inscription on the recto in pen and brown ink: 127. and below Cento Ventisette;
Jak Katalan,
his sale, London, Sotheby's, Italian Drawings from the Collection of Jak Katalan, 10 July 2002, lot 57

Catalogue Note

Very typical of Pietro da Cortona's vigorous use of the red chalk, both recto and verso of the present sheet can been associated with Cortona's painting of the Triumph of Bacchus (fig. 1), now in the Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome.1  In fact, this study could be a first idea for the figure of a reclining woman in the lower right corner of the painting, although the there she is reversed, and is accompanied by a young faun playing, instead of a sleeping child.  A full compositional study by Cortona, in the Albertina,2 preparatory for the Capitoline painting, shows that the artist made extensive and significant changes during the process of preparing this elaborate composition.  Even the main figure of the triumphant Bacchus appears reversed in the final painting, and in a rather different pose.  Also, the urn 'all'antica' drawn on the verso can be found, in a more ornate version, to extreme right of the painting, just behind the reclining female figure.

Typical of the graphic style of Pietro da Cortona, the present sheet must date from around the 1630s. The exact dating of the painting is uncertain, but it appears to have been executed before 1639, when a representation of the subject, apparently this one, was listed in the inventory of the Sacchetti collection.

1. Rome, Pinacoteca Capitolina, inv. no. 58 

2. Vienna, Albertina, inv. no. 893; see V. Birke and J. Kertész, Die Italienischen Zeichnungen der Albertina, Vienna/Cologne/Weimar 1997, vol. I, p. 463, reproduced

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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