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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GEORGE P. TETZEL

Ciro Ferri
STUDY FOR THE LAMENTATION OF CHRIST
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GEORGE P. TETZEL

Ciro Ferri
STUDY FOR THE LAMENTATION OF CHRIST
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Ciro Ferri
ROME 1633 - 1689
STUDY FOR THE LAMENTATION OF CHRIST
Pen and brown ink over black chalk;
inscribed in brown ink, upper left: Io Io Io and bears calculations in red chalk, lower left,
bears old attribution in brown ink, on the remains of the old mount, upper centre: Di Ciro Ferri - and inscription, lower centre: Del Detto
159 by 148 mm; 6 1/4  by 5 7/8  in
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Provenance

With Hazlitt Gallery, London (as Pietro da Cortona)

Catalogue Note

This lively and characteristic drawing by Ciro Ferri, the chief pupil and successor to Pietro da Cortona (1596(?)-1669) was, in recent years, regarded as the work of his master, having been connected, despite some of the fundamental differences in the positioning of Christ, with Cortona's Lamentation,1 in the Chapel of Urban VIII, in the Vatican, Rome.

Whilst the Cortonesque qualities of this sheet are undeniable, the particularly vivacious black chalk underdrawing is one of the stylistic qualities that allows us to more convincingly relate it to Ferri's manner. Interestingly the pen and brown ink inscription: Io Io Io, in the upper left corner, with its highly distinctive looping I's, is also a trait that occurs in a handful of signed drawings by Ferri. A fine example of this is a double sided sheet, from the Odescalchi notebook, today in the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, depicting A putto and A study of a standing figure,2 which is signed: Io Ciro Ferri. Whilst the lack of his written name, on our sheet, makes this theory a somewhat hypothetical one, it does add an interesting additional dynamic to the drawing, which coupled with the accompanying attribution to Ciro Ferri on the old album page, which must date to at least the 18th Century, further strengthens the argument in favor of this artist.

We are grateful to Dr. Jörg Merz who, having examined the drawing in the original, has endorsed the attribution to Ciro Ferri.

1. G. Briganti, Pietro da Cortona o della pittura barocca, Florence 1982, p. 140, no. 156, reproduced fig. 156
2. S. Prosperi Valenti Rodinó, Pietro da Cortona e il disegno, exhib. cat., Rome, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, 1997-98, p. 235, no. 14.42, reproduced

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