Property from a European Private Collection
PAOLO DE MATTEIS
Piano del Cilento, Salerno 1662 - 1728 Naples
THE FALL OF MANNA FROM HEAVEN
oil on canvas
51 by 50⅝ in.; 129.5 by 128.4 cm.
The canvas has a modern relining and is stable on its stretcher. A small spot of frame abrasion is visible to the naked eye at the center of the left edge. The image reads well although the thick varnish has muted some of the colors. Under UV inspection, the varnish is difficult to read through and fluoresces unevenly, but a prior campaign of scattered retouches can be seen throughout the sky and possibly in the shadows of the figures in the lower half. 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.
Marchesi Costa, Naples until 2004;
After which date acquired by present owner.
We are grateful to Nicola Spinosa for confirming the attribution to Paolo de Matteis after firsthand inspection and to Riccardo Lattuada and Giuseppe Napoletano for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs. Lattuada and Napoletano date this painting to circa 1693-5, while De Matteis was working for the Neapolitan Jesuits and the Viceroy of Naples, Francisco de Benavides. Spinosa dates the painting later, to the 1710s, on the basis of comparison with De Matteis' frescoes for San Nicola alla Carità in Naples and for Guardia Sanframondi in Benevento.