The Property of a Private Collector
Bologna 1629 - 1700
Saint John the Evangelist
oil on canvas
74.8 x 62.4 cm.; 29⅜ x 24½ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is dirty, and the varnish very slightly discoloured. A fully developed network of craquelure covers the entire paint surface, which is most visible in raking light. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals two campaigns of restoration, each largely to disguise the appearance of the aforementioned craquelure. There are retouchings along the left-hand margin, in the lower right corner, and in the centre of the right margin, as well as in the Evangelist's red cloak, his sleeve, in the shadows of the folds of his drapery, around his ear, in the right-hand side of his hair, in the scroll, and scattered in his face, particularly in the right-hand side. In overall fair condition. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame in good condition.
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Possibly Casa Barocci, Bologna, 1769;
Private collection, Marsala;
With Baumkotter Gallery, London, from whom acquired.
C. Baroncini, Lorenzo Pasinelli Pittore (1629-1700), Faenza 1993, pp. 164–65, cat. no. 5, reproduced p. 164.
In her 1993 monograph, Carmela Baroncini speculates as to whether this painting could be that recorded by Marcello Oretti in 1769 in the Casa Barocci, Bologna: 'S. Leonardo, Brocchindosso, un S. Giovanni fanciullo è del Pasinelli.'(1)
1 M. Oretti, Descrizione delle Pitture che sono state esposte nelle Strade di Bologna... Ms B 105, I, c.88.