Lot 112
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ANDREA PREVITALI The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

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  • Andrea Previtali
  • The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
  • oil on canvas
  • 82.2 x 91.5 cm.; 32 3/8  x 36 in.


Count Francesco Tomini, Milan (as Lorenzo Lotto);
Count Guglielmo Lochis (1789–1859), Bergamo, by 1833 (as Lorenzo Lotto);
By descent to Count Carlo Lochis (1843–1899), Bergamo (as Lorenzo Lotto);
With Raffaelle Pinti (1826–1881), London, by 1874 (consigned by the above);
With Frank T. Sabin, London;
By whom anonymously sold, London, Sotheby's, 18 February 1953, lot 139, for £175 to Bellesi;
Rita Bellesi, Florence, by 1955;
Private collection, Bergamo;
Giovanni Testori (1923–1993), Milan;
Private collection, Milan, by 1962;
With Van Diemen–Lilienfeld Galleries, New York;
Private collection.


F. Heinemann, Giovanni Bellini e i Belliniani, Venice 1962, vol. I, p. 140, under cat. no. S. 328;
P. Zampetti, 'Andrea Previtali', in I Pittori Bergamaschi, Il Cinquecento, vol. I, Bergamo 1980, p. 137, under cat. no. 53;
G. Brambilla Ranise, La raccolta dimezzata: Storia della dispersione della pinacoteca di Guglielmo Lochis (1789-1859), Bergamo 2007, pp. 69–72, cat. no. 2B, reproduced p. 71, fig. 2B.

Catalogue Note

This idyllic pastoral landscape with the Holy Family resting in the foreground was first attributed to Previtali by Giovanni Morelli in 1865.1 A related composition by Previtali, but with some small differences, is in the collection of Lord Faringdon, at Buscot Park.2 Both the Buscot Park picture and the present version were in the collection of the Counts Lochis, Bergamo, until their sale in 1874 (see Provenance). 

The Buscot Park canvas does not include the charming distant view that we see to the left of the present picture, nor the cow grazing in the foreground. It too features a tower in the landscape at the right, but this slender campanile is instead an imposing square medieval tower. Heinemann dates the Buscot Park picture to 1510,3 although Zampetti (see Literature), in noting Previtali's debt to Lorenzo Lotto, believes it to be marginally later; all agree that the present canvas post-dates the Buscot Park picture and was likely executed around 1523.4

1 See Brambilla Ranise 2007, p. 70.
2 Zampetti 1980, p. 137, cat. no. 53, reproduced p. 156, fig. 3.
3 Heinemann 1962, p. 140.
4 Zampetti 1980, p. 137.