CIRCLE OF ANTONIO ALLEGRI, CALLED CORREGGIO | MADONNA AND CHILD (LA ZINGARELLA)
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CIRCLE OF ANTONIO ALLEGRI, CALLED CORREGGIO
MADONNA AND CHILD (LA ZINGARELLA)
oil on canvas, unframed
19½ by 15¾ in.; 49.5 by 40 cm.
Canvas appears to be strip-lined and is stable on its stretcher. The image reads well with light craquelure throughout. Losses along the extreme edges are visible due to prior frame abrasion but may not be visible when framed. Under UV inspection, old varnish fluoresces unevenly and masks a campaign of restoration that appears to be concentrated in the dark areas of the background. Further restoration may be present but is currently obscured. Offered unframed.
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This is a 16th or 17th century copy after Correggio's original canvas depicting La Zingarella in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples.1 The name of this painting derives from the Madonna's headdress, which was commonly associated with gypsies. The present painting captures the appearance of Correggio’s work before it was cleaned and restored in 19352 when many details, including the rabbit, left, the detailed forest floor foliage, and the palm leaves, upper right, were removed. All other period copies likewise reproduce these now lost elements, confirming that if they were indeed overpaint to the composition, they must have been by Correggio’s own hand.
1. Oil on panel, 46.5 by 37.5 cm. See D. Ekserdjian, Correggio, New Haven and London 1997, p. 61, reproduced p. 62, fig. 58.
2. Ibid., reproduced before restoration fig. 59.