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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF J. E. SAFRA

Giacomo Ceruti, called Pitocchetto
A MOTHER AND HER CHILD MILKING A COW IN A LANDSCAPE, A GROUP OF PEASANTS AND ANIMALS BEYOND
Estimate
180,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 300,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
58

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF J. E. SAFRA

Giacomo Ceruti, called Pitocchetto
A MOTHER AND HER CHILD MILKING A COW IN A LANDSCAPE, A GROUP OF PEASANTS AND ANIMALS BEYOND
Estimate
180,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 300,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Giacomo Ceruti, called Pitocchetto
MILAN 1698 - 1767
A MOTHER AND HER CHILD MILKING A COW IN A LANDSCAPE, A GROUP OF PEASANTS AND ANIMALS BEYOND

Provenance

Private collection, Bergamo;
Rovida collection, Brescia;
Private collection, Brescia, by 1982;
Private collection, Switzerland;
With Alain Tarica, Geneva;
There acquired by the present collector in 1989. 

Literature

A. Morassi, "Giacomo Ceruti detto il 'Pitocchetto' pittore verista," in Pantheon, vol. XXV, September-October 1967, p. 357, reproduced pp. 363-4, figs. 21-22;
A. Boschetto, "I 'Coniugi Bonometti' del Ceruti, e qualche appunto sulla situazione" in Paragone, no. 219, May 1968, p. 61, under note 6;
F. Arisi, "Il 'Ritratto di condottiero' del Ceruti, cinque battaglie ed altro," in Memorie bresciane, 1981 vol. I, no. 1, p. 3, reproduced pp. 11, 12;
M. Gregori, Giacomo Ceruti, Milan 1982, p. 473, cat. no. 250, reproduced p. 404.

Catalogue Note

Although well known for his portraits, still-life and religious paintings, Ceruti is most celebrated as a painter of genre and low-life scenes, depicting his humble subjects with striking naturalism and unusual dignity.  Here the artist depicts a tender moment between mother and child as they sit together milking a cow.  

The painting has been dated by Dr. Mina Gregori (see literature) to the 1760's.  It belongs to a group of pastoral works which the artist completed towards the end of his career and which were influenced by a series of prints by Cornelis Bloemaert after Abraham Bloemaert.  The present painting relates specifically to the twelfth print in the series. A proposed pendant to present composition, depicting a young girl with a cow and a sheep in a rocky landscape, was previously in the Suida Manning collection and sold at Christie's London, 24 May 1991, lot 67 (fig. 1). 

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