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 Canvas is lined. The image reads relatively well despite some losses and a dull varnish. There are losses visible in Agnes's hair to left of her face, in the upper right background, in the lower left quadrant in her dress, and an area of lifting and cracking to the left of her face. Some old repairs are visible to the naked eye, especially in the upper left corner, as well as a vertical line running the height of canvas 2 inches from the left edge (possibly in response to a fold), and in the center and upper right background, including a line of repair 4-5 in. long in the upper right. Under UV inspection, the craquelure is more pronounced and the varnish fluoresces unevenly. The aforementioned repairs are visible, including 3 spots in the upper left quadrant, and scattered small lines of retouching throughout, especially to the shadow of her jawline, sleeve, and hand. We recommend consulting with a professional restorer for a treatment plan. 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 in the footsteps of many of his family members, Cesare Gennari joined 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, autograph version from circa 1660 is in a private collection . Attesting to the popularity of this composition are the number of known replicas 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.