Property of a California Collector
GIUSEPPE CESARI, CALLED THE CAVALIER D'ARPINO
Arpino 1568 - 1640 Rome
PERSEUS AND ANDROMEDA
oil on pietra paesina
5½ by 4⅜ in.; 14 by 11 cm.
The marble support is flat and stable with no visible instabilities. There are some nicks and losses to the marble at the extreme edges,including one spot near the center of the upper edge. Although there are a few faint scratches to the painted surface, the painting is in overall very good condition. The artist has used some of the integral pattern of the colored marble as part of his composition, including the vein that runs through the upper center and he has highlighted the vertical striations of the marble as part of the composition. The delicate details remain well preserved. Inspection under UV may reveal a few old very thin and fine spots of retouching in the costume details and in the background, and some of the striations of the cave fluoresce under this light. The painting can certainly hang in its present state. Offered in a simply carved giltwood frame.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Dr. Herwarth Röttgen considers this small painting on marble, called pietro paesina, an important addition to the Cavaliere d'Arpino's oeuvre and dates it to circa 1593-1594. Like the artist's painting of the same subject and date in the Saint Louis Art Museum,2 here, the artist works with the structure and surface of a rare medium to create his scene. In the Saint Louis example, the rich blue of lapis lazuli serves as the backdrop for the sky, whereas in the present, the marble and its varied striations create a framing rock for the scene. Works like this display Cavaliere d'Arpino's appreciation and response the the Wunderkammer tradition.
1. Dr. Röttgen's expertise, dated 22 November 2015, is available upon request.
2. 20.2 by 15.6 cm, oil on lapis lazuli, inv. no. 1.2000.