STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI
(Bologna 1575 - 1642)
MADONNA DELLE NEVE, WITH ST. LUCY AND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
oil on copper
23½ by 18 in.; 59.7 by 45.7 cm.
The painting is in overall very good condition. The copper surface is flat and stable. A colorful and crisp image reads very well with small details like the curls in the saints' hair retained. Small frame abrasions are visible to the naked eye along the left edge, but no retouching is noticeable or distracting. Under UV inspection, small areas of retouching fluoresce, for example a repair covering the bottom left corner, and fine retouches along hair and garment folds of the female saints. The painting can hang in its current state. Offered in a decoratively carved gilt wood frame.
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This copper repeats the composition of Guido's large altarpiece of the same subject, completed in 1623 for Santa Maria Corteorlandini (Santa Maria Nera) in Lucca and now in the Uffizi, Florence (inv. 3394). Smaller and highly finished, the present lot functioned as a ricordo of the altarpiece and was probably made in Guido's studio for one of the altar's patrons, Lucchese merchant Giuliano Miccoti or Giulio Franciotti . Guido had learned to paint on copper from his Flemish master, Denys Calvaert, and he had early success with the medium, though his use of copper declined after 1614. The small size and finished surface made private devotional works on copper popular among Guido's patrons.
1. See S. Pepper, Guido Reni, Oxford 1984, p. 295, under cat. no. B5.