Sold Without Reserve | STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI | SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
STUDIO OF GUIDO RENI
Bologna 1575 - 1642
SAINT CECILIA, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, BEFORE A PURPLE CURTAIN, AN ORGAN IN THE BACKGROUND
oil on original canvas, unframed
canvas: 44¼ by 36⅝ in.; 112.4 by 93.1 cm.
Wax lined. This painting is in generally healthy condition with minimal damage and nice retention of original paint. Due to the lining or an earlier cleaning, the red ground is faintly visible in isolated areas, for example in the blues of her clothing and in the blue drapery at upper left. UV light reveals minimal scattered retouches in face, chin, hands, and in upper left and center backgrounds. Unframed.
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Possibly Roman private collection, early 18th century (according to M. Oretti, see Literature);
Windham Carmichael Anstruther (1793-1869), 7th bt of Nova Scotia, and 4th bt of Great Britain, Elie House, co. Fife, Scotland;
Alexander Dennistoun (1790-1874), Golfhill, Glasgow, Scotland;
His sale, London, Christie's, 9 June 1894, lot 71 (as Guido Reni);
There acquired by Thomas James Gribble (1851-1905);
Private collection, United Kingdom;
Thence by descent, until acquired by the present owner.
Possibly M. Oretti, Notizie de Professori del Disegno, cioè Pittori, Scultori ed Architetti bolognesi e de forestieri di sue Scuole raccolte da Marcello Oretti, M.S. 126, Comune di Bologna, vol. IV, p. 256.
This composition matches Marcello Oretti's description of a Saint Cecilia in a private collection in Rome in the 18th century: “Sta. Cecilia che mira in alto e l'organetto, in un altro luogo,” [Saint Cecilia looking upward and an organ, in another place; see Literature].
Another version of this design, attributed to Giovanni Andrea Sirani and oval in format, can be found in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. RF 3828); and an octagonal copy, given to an anonymous follower of Guido Reni was offered at Sotheby's London in 2000.1
An attribution to Giovan Giacomo Sementi, a pupil of Guido Reni, has been proposed.
1. Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 2 November 2000, lot 359.