ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO TEMPESTA | A CAVALRY BATTLE BEFORE THE WALLS OF A CITY
Property from an American Collection
ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO TEMPESTA
Florence 1555 - 1630 Rome
A CAVALRY BATTLE BEFORE THE WALLS OF A CITY
oil and gold paint on panel, en brunaille
panel: 10½ by 14½ in.; 26.7 by 36.9 cm.
framed: 16¾ by 20¾ in.; 42.5 by 52.7 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 fascinating painting is in very good state. It is painted on a single, un-reinforced piece of wood. The paint layer has been cleaned and varnished. There are a couple of small retouches around the head of the figure on horseback on the right side. It seems more than likely that the condition is excellent and almost completely undamaged throughout the rest of the painting.
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This composition stylistically connects to a drawing by Tempesta depicting A Battle between Christian and Turkish Armies before the Walls of a City that sold at Christie's in 1994.1 Though there does not seem to be a print after this work, the numerous prints that exist of other battle scenes by Tempesta attest to their popularity through the centuries.
We are grateful to Dr. Massimo Francucci for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs and for his assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.
1. Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, on light brown paper, 355 by 502 mm. See anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 5 July 1994, lot 25.