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Attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino
CENTO 1591 - 1666 BOLOGNA
VERONICA'S VEIL:  THE HEAD OF CHRIST
oil on canvas;
inscribed with Antonio Barberini's inventory number lower right: '70'
canvas: 22 7/8 by 19 in.; 58.2 by 48.3 cm.
framed: 33 3/4 by 29 1/4 in.; 87.7 by 74.4 cm.
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Provenance

Cardinal Antonio Barberini, Palazzo delle Quattro Fontane, Rome, inv. of 1644, no. 70;
With Heim Gallery, London, by 1980;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 9 July 1982, lot 31 (as Annibale Carracci);
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 19 April 1985, lot 102 (as Annibale Carracci);
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 1 November 1991, lot 44 (as Attributed to Annibale Carracci);
Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 7 April 2006, lot 48 (as Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called il Guercino).

Exhibited

London, Heim Gallery, 'From Tintoretto to Tiepolo,' 1980, no. 7 (as Annibale Carracci).

Literature

M. Aronberg Lavin, 'Seventeenth Century Barberini Documents and Inventories of Art,' New York 1975, p. 161, under Antonio Barberini's inventory of 1644, no. 70;
N. Turner, 'The Paintings of Guercino: A Revised and Expanded Catalogue raisonné,' Rome 2017, p. 388, cat. no. 121 (as Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called il Guercino), reproduced p. 142, fig 117.

Catalogue Note

This painting appears to have the number from Antonio Barberini's 1664 inventory, and seems to have remained with the family until 1960. When it was shown in London at Heim Gallery in 1980, it was associated with the artist Annibale Carracci (1560-1609). This attribution stayed with the painting when it reappeared at auction1, though stylistically it is closer to Il Guercino (1591-1666) as published in the 2017 catalogue raisonné of the artist by Nicholas Turner.

A similar composition that is now in a private collection was offered at Christie's London in 2011 as Circle of Il Guercino.3

1. See Provenance. Also see Exhibition.
2. See Literature.
3. See Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 14 April 2011, lot 83 (as Circle of Il Guercino).

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