ATTRIBUTED TO CESARE GENNARI
(Cento 1637 - 1688 Bologna)
oil on canvas
canvas: 45¼ by 37⅞ in.; 114.9 by 96.2 cm.
framed: 58 by 51½ in.; 147.3 by 130.8 cm.
The thick panel is flat, uncradled, unbeveled, and separated slightly from the frame at edges. A few areas of aging or scratches to the wood are visible such as a horizontal scratch at Joseph's proper left knee and a diagonal scratch above Mary's head. Two small losses at the extreme left and right edges are probably related to frame abrasion. Under UV inspection, many scattered dots of retouching and strengthening are visible throughout, with a few concentrated areas, such as the one at Joseph's neck. Some retouches are faintly visible to the naked eye. Painting can certainly hang as is. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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Anonymous sale, Rome, Christie's, 4 December 2000, lot 610 (as Circle of Guercino);
Following the footsteps of many of his family members, Cesare would join the workshop of Guercino in Bologna in 1672. The prime version of this painting by Guercino, a half length Saint Agnes acquired by the Cardinal Alderano Cybo in 1652, is now lost, while a later version from circa 1660 is in a private collection . Attesting to the popularity of this composition are a number of versions known by Guercino and his workshop, likely executed to satisfy the demands of his patrons.
1. N. Turner, The Paintings of Guercino: A Revised and Expanded Catalogue raisonné, Rome 2017, p. 769.