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Property from the Matthiesen Gallery, London


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June 25, 01:41 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from the Matthiesen Gallery, London


Gorlogo 1627 - Bergamo 1689


oil on copper, oval

unframed: 52.5 x 64 cm.; 20 3/4 x 25 1/2 in.

framed: 74 x 87 cm.; 29 1/8 x 34 1/4 in.

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Monaco, Sotheby’s, 3 December 1989, lot 371 (as workshop of Gerolamo da Ponte, called Bassano), for 270,000 French francs, where acquired.

"There is a palpable fusion of influences in this painting; Cotta seems to stare hard at Veronese and Bassano in Venice, glance at Genoa, and nod gratefully to past visitors from Flanders: Rubens and Van Dyck. I find it distinctly north Italian in flavor."

Andrew Fletcher

Giacomo Cotta studied initially under Ciro Ferri, who worked in Bergamo during the first half of the seventeenth century and the Roman artist’s style and technique were to have a profound effect on the development of Cotta’s mature style. He later worked for a brief period in the studio of Federico Agnelli in Milan and Cotta married Agnelli’s daughter Margherita around 1649. His career continued to prosper in Milan and he even produced a series of paintings for Maria Anna of Austria. He spent the later part of his career in Bergamo and his most important commissions there were a Sacrifice of Abraham for the Church of the Capuchins and a Death of Saint Joseph for the church of San Giuseppe. After the death of his wife in 1670, he entered the priesthood. Now largely known for being the teacher of the flamboyant portrait painter Giuseppe Ghislandi (1655–1743), Cotta was an accomplished painter of canvases and frescoes and was also a prolific printmaker and engraved several of his own works.

A Rest on the Flight into Egypt in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen (inv. M 139), an oil on copper roundel, dated to 1673, could perhaps indicate a similar date for our painting.