PAOLO DE MATTEIS
Piano del Cilento, Salerno 1662 - 1728 Naples
oil on canvas
206 x 259.2 cm.; 81⅛ x 102 in.
The enormous canvas is sensitively lined and the paint surface is stable with a clear and even varnish. The overall impression is excellent with no major visible damages, and vibrant colour well preserved throughout.
There is one small loss at the lower margin. Some of the shadows of the paler skin tones have thinned slightly and appear brownish. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals tiny well executed pinprick retouchings scattered throughout and a few restored old damages - none very large and none visible to the naked eye - including one in the crown of thorns; one in the Virgin's right knee; one in her elbow and just to the right; one in the stone block in the foreground.
Remarkably well preserved for a canvas of this size - offered in a large black frame with gilt sight-edge.
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Private collection, Belgium.
Vallo della Lucania, Museo Diocesano di Vallo della Lucania, Paolo de Matteis, un cilentano in Europa, 9 Febuary – 14 April 2013, no. 11;
London, Robilant and Voena, Caravaggism and the Baroque in Europe, 28 November – 19 December 2007.
G. Festa in, Paolo de Matteis, un cilentano in Europa, D.G. Citro (ed.), exh. cat., Naples 2013, p. 56, cat. no. 11, reproduced p. 12 (detail) and p. 56 (whole image);
N. Spinosa, (A. Poggi, M. Voena eds.), Caravaggism and the Baroque in Europe, exh. cat., London 2007, p. 24-25, reproduced p. 25.