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PROPERTY FROM AN ITALIAN NOBLE COLLECTION

Flaminio Torre
THE NATIVITY
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PROPERTY FROM AN ITALIAN NOBLE COLLECTION

Flaminio Torre
THE NATIVITY
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Flaminio Torre
BOLOGNA 1620 - 1661 MODENA
THE NATIVITY
oil on canvas, framed as a tondo
113.8 x 113.8 cm.; 44 3/4  x 44 3/4  in.
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Provenance

In the collection of the family of the present owner since at least 1950.

Catalogue Note

The present work is arguably Flaminio Torre's most accomplished, in which his effective use of strong shadows imbues the scene with an intense sense of drama and pathos, brought to focus in the warm light emanating from the Christ Child lying in the manger at the centre of the composition.

Torre was first a pupil of Giacomo Cavedoni, and then studied under Simone Cantarini, whose workshop he inherited in 1648. A decade later, he was in Modena, working for Alfonso IV as superintendent of the Galleria Estense, where his curatorial duties included copying the works of other painters. Torre is known to have been an outstanding copyist, and is thought to have produced works in collaboration with his master, and copies after him, as well as other admired artists, such as Guido Reni.1

We are grateful to Prof. Daniele Benati for proposing an attribution to Flaminio Torre on the basis of photographs, and for describing the work as a capolavoro by the artist.

1 See E. Negro and M. Pirondini, La Scuola di Guido Reni, Modena 1992, pp. 391–408.

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