The Property of a Private Collector
Carlo Innocenzo Carlone
Scaria 1686 - 1775 Como
Venus, Cupid and putto
oil on canvas
unframed: 116.4 x 106.5 cm.; 45 7/8 x 41 7/8 in.
framed: 133.1 x 122.6 cm.; 52 3/8 x 48 1/4 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear, even and shiny. The paint surface is slightly flattened. There are some surface scuffs scattered along all four margins, along with areas around the margins where the craquelure has widened somewhat. This is most obvious along the upper margin and in the upper right corner. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouchings scattered throughout the painting, the most notable of which are: a band of retouching in the upper right corner; a large area of retouching in the sky upper left through the cloud; a vertical line of retouching through Venus' face and neck; a 5 cm. long vertical line in Venus' shoulder; and a diagonal area of retouching possible to a repaired tear in the child's chest approx. 10cm. long. Other retouchings are of a more minor and cosmetic nature and the painting presents fairly well in its current state.
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One of three overdoors executed by Carlone for Count Silvio Martinengo, for a room on the upper floor of the Palazzo Martinengo di Padernello (then Salvadego), in the via Dante in Brescia. They were recorded by Lechi in 1974 when they were still in situ in the palace (when he tentatively attributed them to Pittoni). The other two overdoors, of a similar size, are in a private collection, and depict Diana (113 x 101 cm.) and a Bacchic scene (113 x 102 cm.).1 Carlone executed other frescoes in the palace with the Bolognese painter Giovanni Zanardi in 1739, and Coppa believes these overdoors to date to around the same time, though Barigozzi Brini suggests a later date of 1750-60.
1 See A. Barigozzi Brini, 'Carlo Innocenzo Carloni', in Settecento lombardo, R. Bossaglia and V. Terraroli (eds), exh. cat., Milan 1991, p. 133, cat. nos I.96 and I.97, reproduced in colour p. 134.