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Circle of Giovanni Stanchi
THE FOUR SEASONS: FOUR ANTHROPOMORPHIC FIGURES
Estimate
80,000120,000
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178
Circle of Giovanni Stanchi
THE FOUR SEASONS: FOUR ANTHROPOMORPHIC FIGURES
Estimate
80,000120,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Circle of Giovanni Stanchi
THE FOUR SEASONS: FOUR ANTHROPOMORPHIC FIGURES
Quantity: 4
a set of four, all oil on canvas
each: 38 1/8  by 28 1/2  in.; 96.8 by 72.5 cm.
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Provenance

Marques de Salamanca, Spain.

Catalogue Note

These paintings are versions of the compositions which Giovanni Stanchi popularized in 17th-century Rome, ultimately indebted to the anthropomorphic examples of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1530-93) produced for the courts in Vienna and Prague, and directly related to the works of Caravaggio's Roman contemporary, Francesco Zucchi (1562-1622).

Zucchi's Four Seasons, last recorded in a private collection,1 are thought to be the direct prototypes for the series attributed to Stanchi that are published by Bocchi,2 the set sold at Sotheby's, London, 6 December 2017, lot 23 (for £465,000), and the present canvases. Stanchi's versions are characterised by rich coloring and the airy, cloud-streaked skies against which the figures are set, that of Autumn animated in particular through his raised arm, the grapes he feeds himself an extension of the vine leaves defining his silhouette.

1 See L. Salerno, La natura morta italiana, Rome 1984, p. 54, reproduced p. 55, figs 14.3–6.
2 See G. and U. Bocchi, Pittori di natura morta a roma, artisti italiana 1630–1750, Viadana 2005, reproduced pp. 273-76, reproduced in colour p. 274, figs FS.31–FS.34.

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