ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO | The death of Seneca
ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO | The death of Seneca
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ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO | The death of Seneca

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO | The death of Seneca

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from an Italian Private Collection

ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO

Genoa 1667 - 1749

The death of Seneca


oil on canvas

110 x 70 cm.; 43¼ x 27½ in.

Condition Report

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish slightly discoloured. There is a degree of wear visible throughout the painting. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals small retouchings throughout the flesh tones and the figure's face. There are also small, scattered retouchings in the background, notably to the right of his head and left arm, and in the upper left corner. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame, with the leaf mouldings at the bottom slightly loose.


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Saleroom Notice

Please note the following amendments to the printed catalogue Please note that this painting will now be sold framed and not as stated in the printed catalogue.

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

This powerful representation of the suicide of the Roman philosopher Seneca has been identified as a rare early work of Alessandro Magnasco by Anna Orlando, to whom we are grateful for her assistance in the cataloguing of this lot.


This painting should be compared to the few other single figure canvasses from Magnasco's early years - namely the Penitant Magdalene, private collection,(1) and the Ectasy of Saint Francis in the collection of the Galleria di Palazzo Bianco, Genoa.(2)


1 F.F. Guelfi, Alessandro Magnasco, Soncino 1991, p. 38–9, cat. no. 15, reproduced p. 39.

2 Inv. no. P.B.2668; Guelfi 1991, p. 40–41, cat. no. 16, reproduced p. 41.

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