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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Gaetano Gandolfi
THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Gaetano Gandolfi
THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Masters Evening Sale

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Gaetano Gandolfi
SAN MATTEO DELLA DECIMA NEAR BOLOGNA 1734 - 1802 BOLOGNA
THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS

Provenance

Private collection, France.

Catalogue Note

This delightful unlined canvas is a rediscovered work by Gaetano Gandolfi, one of Bologna's leading eighteenth-century painters. The brushwork, freshness of impasto and bright colours are all entirely characteristic of the artist's maturity in the 1780s. It relates to a larger canvas of the same subject in the Molinari Pradelli collection, Bologna, and is almost entirely faithful to the larger design.1

Professoressa Donatella Biagi Maino, to whom we are grateful for endorsing the attribution on the basis of a digital image, praises the high quality of the present work and suggests that it is a reduced, autograph repetition of the Molinari Pradelli canvas and is unlikely to be a bozzetto. She notes that the level of finish and dimensions surpass most preparatory works by Gandolfi, such as, for example, the oval canvas depicting the Annunciation sold in these Rooms, 4 July 2007, lot 58, and should thus instead be considered a finished second version of the Molinari Pradelli work. 

A small canvas of the same subject by Gandolfi, also in the Molinari Pradelli collection, has long been considered the bozzetto for the larger work.2 While the spirit of the design and the general layout are absolutely consonant, there are many changes in the details of the disposition of the figures. Before the bozzetto was relined, an inscription on the back of the canvas was visible describing how in 1788 Gandolfi gave the work to his pupil Lussorio Bracci Cambini.

1 148 x 114 cm.; D. Biagi Maino, Gaetano Gandolfi, Turin 1995, p. 393, cat. no. 181, reproduced fig. 206.

2 45.3 x 31 cm.; Biagi Maino 1995, p. 393, cat. no. 180, reproduced fig. 205.

Old Masters Evening Sale

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