Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
AFTER GUIDO RENI
oil on copper, oval
unframed: 20.3 x 16.8 cm.; 8 x 6½ in.
framed: 27.8 x 23.3 cm.; 11 x 9⅛ in.
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Property from the SØR Rusche Collection is available to view at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, 13 – 18 September (weekdays 9am – 4.30pm; weekend 12-5pm).
The copper plate is flat and stable with a couple of dents on the upper and right hand margins. The paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is slightly discolored. Inspection under UV light reveals 2 campaigns of restoration, the older of which consists of retouchings that fluoresce green in Christ's chest and in his face. The more recent campaign seems to consist of darker retouchings in the background notably to a damage at centre right, and to a handful of areas to his hair, around his ear, and his forehead. In overall fair condition.
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In the present collection since the 1960s.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
Several versions exist of this composition, probably all of which are copies after a presumed lost original by Reni. One of them is in the National Gallery, London (inv. no. 271).1