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Mauro Gandolfi
HEAD OF A MAN WEARING A TURBAN
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
198
Mauro Gandolfi
HEAD OF A MAN WEARING A TURBAN
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Mauro Gandolfi
BOLOGNA 1764 - 1834
HEAD OF A MAN WEARING A TURBAN

Provenance

Private collection, Italy;
Anonymous sale, Munich, Hampel, 5 July 2017, lot 40 (as 18th century Emilian School, circle of Gaetano Gandolfi).

Catalogue Note

This painting reproduces the head study by Gaetano Gandolfi, today in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,1 which served as the model for the old man on the left of his monumental Wedding at Cana of 1775, originally intended for the refectory of the convent of San Salvatore, now in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna.2

Mauro Gandolfi was the eldest of seven of Gaetano's children. After running away from home at the age of 16 and joining the French Army, he returned to Bologna in 1786 and began practising as an artist. His father Gaetano was his teacher, and Mauro made a number of drawings and paintings after his work while he trained in Gaetano's studio.

We are grateful to Prof. Donatella Biagi Maino for endorsing the attribution to Mauro following first-hand inspection of the painting, and for dating it to the earliest part of his career. The work will be included in her forthcoming monograph on the artist.

1 Inv. no. M.82.199; see D. Biagi Maino, Gaetano Gandolfi, Turin 1995, p. 370, cat. no. 98, reproduced fig. 117.
2 Inv. no. 1468; see Biagi Maino 1995, pp. 370–71, cat. no. 101, reproduced in colour pl. LXVIII, and fig. 112.

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