AFTER GUIDO RENI
SAINT MARY MAGDALENE
oil on alabaster, with a Roman silver inlaid, jasper, agate, lapis lazuli ebonized frame, 17th century
17.8 x 15.3 cm.; 7 x 6 in.
The paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is slightly discoloured. There is a small loss in the stone in the upper right corner (visible in the catalogue illustration). Under ultraviolet small retouchings are revealed throughout both putti, as well as in the Madonna - notably in the right side of her drapery, chest, and cheek. Retouchings are also scattered along the upper margin and lower right corner. The ebonized frame with minor chipping to edges and scratches. Evidence of an old woodworm activity, which no longer appears to be active. Very minor cracks to pietre dure border. There is a hook for hanging. Ready to place.
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A copy, in reverse, after Guido Reni's original 1626-27 canvas formerly in the Barberini collection in Rome, and recorded by Stephen Pepper in his 1988 catalouge raisonné of Guido's œuvre as in the collection of George Englil, Freeport, Bahamas.1 Guido returned to the composition in 1633 and adapted the format to depict the saint full-length in his celebrated canvas painted for Cardinal Antonio Santacroce, now in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome.2
1 S. Pepper, Guido Reni, L'Opera Completa, Novara 1988, pp. 335-36, cat. no. 28, reproduced pl. IX.
2 Pepper 1988, p. 278, cat. no. 130, reproduced fig. 121.