Property from a Private Collection
Arpino 1571 - 1622 Rome
Madonna and Child with an angel
oil on canvas
62.3 x 49.2 cm.; 24½ x 19⅜ in.
The canvas is lined and is loosely stretched so the surface of the painting is not taut. The paint surface is relatively dirty, and the varnish is slightly discoloured. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals areas of retouching in the upper corners and along the upper and lower margins, as well as retouching in the forehead of the Madonna, her cheek, her veil, her shoulder and elbow, and her hand, and also in Christ's arm and drapery, and the hand of the angel. The largest of these retouchings is in the Madonna's hand measuring 2 x 4cm. In overall fair condition. Offered in a gesso and gilt wood frame with some losses.
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Another version of this composition by Bernardino Cesari, younger brother of Giuseppe Cesari, called Il Cavaliere d'Arpino, is in the Museo Civico, in Aquila.(1) We are grateful to Professor Dr. Herwarth Röttgen for endorsing the attribution to Bernardino Cesari and for suggesting a date of circa 1600-10. The painting will be included in his forthcoming monograph on the artist.
1 See M. Marini, Dalla casa al Museo: antologia di dipinti dei secc. 16.-18. dalla Raccolta Signorini-Corsi al Museo Civico dell'Aquila, L'Aquila 1992, p. 25.