GIORGIO DI GIOVANNI | FLIGHT OF CLOELIA
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
GIORGIO DI GIOVANNI
Documented in Siena 1538 - 1559
FLIGHT OF CLOELIA
oil on panel
29 by 48⅝ in.; 73.6 by 123.5 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is in very good condition overall. It is painted on a thick panel which shows original vertical wooden reinforcements on the left and right sides. The panel is flat and stable. The work is cleaned and well varnished. Many areas of the picture show no retouches, which is notable for a work of this period. The figures have been retouched to diminish some cracking which has developed over time. There are some isolated spots of retouching in the water, city beyond, and sky. The work should be hung in its current state.
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Cardinal Antonio Barberini (recorded in the inventories of his goods at Palazzo Barberini in Rome, 1644, and at Palazzo Giubbonari, Rome, in 1671, after his death);
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's 30 June 1971, lot 6 (as Beccafumi);
Private Collection, Dublin;
With Daniel Katz, Ltd., London;
From whom acquired, December 1996.
M.A. Lavin, Seventeenth Century Barberini Documents and Inventories of Art, New York 1975, pp. 169, 196, 500, cat. nos. 289 and 106 (as Micherino da Siena, called Beccafumi);
R.P. Pisani, Gli Uffizi. Catalogo Generale, Florence 1979, p. 159, under cat. no. 186;
F. Sricchia Santoro, L'arte a Siena sotto i Medici, 1555-1609, exhibition catalogue, Siena 1980, p. 5, under cat. no. 1;
F. Sricchia Santoro, Il Peruzzi e la pittura senese del suo tempo, in Baldassari Peruzzi, pittura scena e architettura nel cinquecento, Siena 1987, p. 439;
F. Sricchia Santoro, Da Sodoma a Marco Pino. Pittori a Siena nella Prima meta del Cinquecento, Florence 1988, p. 5, 439;
L. Kanter, Gothic to Renaissance: European Painting 1300-1600, Turin 1988, pp. 105-107, cat. no. 19 (as Marco Bigio);
F. Sricchia Santoro, Domenico Beccafumi e il suo tempo, Milan 1990, pp. 352-355, cat. no. 70, reproduced (as Giorgio di Giovanni);
S. Brevaglieri, "Giorgio di Giovanni," in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. 55, 2001.
London and New York, Colnaghi, Gothic to Renaissance: European Painting 1300-1600, 1988, no. 19 (as Marco Bigio).