SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE
GIUSEPPE CESARI, CALLED CAVALIERE D'ARPINO | THE DEAD CHRIST SUPPORTED BY GOD THE FATHER AND TWO ANGELS
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
GIUSEPPE CESARI, CALLED CAVALIERE D'ARPINO
Arpino or Rome 1568 - 1640 Rome
THE DEAD CHRIST SUPPORTED BY GOD THE FATHER AND TWO ANGELS
oil on canvas
26 by 19⅝ in.; 66 by 49.9 cm.
The painting has been tightly relined and the paint surface is slightly pressed as a result. The surface is clean and the painting is presentable. The paint surface overall has been very well retained and detail is very good throughout. Examination under UV light reveals scattered very small retouches evenly distributed. There are larger areas of retouching in the background at upper right and left, and an area under Christ's legs in the white drapery over what may have been a compound tear. Another area of retouching runs horizontally through Christ's lower legs over to the right edge. These restorations have been well applied and there is no need for further work. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame with minor nicks at the edges.
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We are grateful to Dr. Marco Simone Bolzoni, who had previously endorsed the attribution to the Cavaliere d'Arpino. The artist likely painted it late into his career, as it resembles an autograph painting of the same subject from circa 1630-35 in the Fondazione Sgarbi-Cavallini.1
We are also grateful to Professor Herwarth Röttgen for suggesting an alternate attribution to Bernardino II Cesari (Rome 1623 - 1703) on the basis of photographs. He was the second son of Cavaliere d'Arpino, and the successor to his father's studio.
1. Oil on panel, 44.6 by 55.8 cm. See H. Röttgen, Il Cavalier Giuseppe Cesari D'Arpino, Rome 2002, p. 470, cat. no. 251, reproduced.