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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GEORGE P. TETZEL

Michelangelo Cerquozzi
COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE TROUPE PERFORMING IN AN INTERIOR
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 60,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GEORGE P. TETZEL

Michelangelo Cerquozzi
COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE TROUPE PERFORMING IN AN INTERIOR
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 USD
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Michelangelo Cerquozzi
ROME 1602 - 1660
COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE TROUPE PERFORMING IN AN INTERIOR
signed on the edge of the stage, lower right: M[B?]CF
oil on canvas
23 5/8  by 45 5/8  in.; 59.9 by 115.8 cm.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, Zürich, Schuler, 11 December 2009, lot 4315.

Catalogue Note

The Commedia dell'Arte was a subject popular with the Bamboccianti, the group of Northern European artists active in Rome in the 1630s around Pieter van Laer (nick-named il Bamboccio), who specialised in paintings of low-life scenes set in the Roman campagna. Here, depicted lower left and right are the zanni - the clowns - one in bright costume, drinking from a flagon, another with a long nose and guitar watching the musical gathering on the stage. Behind him is the doctor, a character habitually portrayed as an incompetent charlatan - he is shown here leading a hapless buffoon, most probably towards some kind of quack form of treatment.

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