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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