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Giovanni Andrea Donducci, called Mastelletta

The Flight into Egypt

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 USD

Giovanni Andrea Donducci, called Mastelletta

Giovanni Andrea Donducci, called Mastelletta

The Flight into Egypt

The Flight into Egypt

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 USD

Giovanni Andrea Donducci, called Mastelletta

Bologna 1575 - 1655

The Flight into Egypt


Pen and brown ink and wash

195 by 305 mm; 7 3/4 by 12 in

Laid down on to a card backing which has in turn been window mounted to a decorative backing. There are some areas of abrasion throughout the sheet and other areas of scattered foxing and surface dirt. While the wash remains predominantly strong there are areas where it has also fractionally sunk. There are some touches of red around the Madonna and gray in the wings of the angel in the foreground. Sold unframed.


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With John Baskett and Richard Day, Exhibition of Italian Old Master Drawings, London 1971, no. 14;
with Herbert E. Feist Gallery, New York;
John Hardy, New York,
from whom acquired, 1972
Keith Roberts, Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions, London,' The Burlington Magazine, vol. CXIII, no. 825 (1971), p. 754

Drawings by Mastelletta are extremely rare. This whimsical and imaginative depiction of The Flight into Egypt is reminiscent of the style of Ludovico Carracci. Elegant angels with swirling drapery and elongated wings encircle the Holy Family. The twirls in their attire are echoed in the branches of the tree and the billows of smoke in the distance. No direct connection can be made with any of the artist’s paintings, but the sheet is stylistically consistent with other drawings by Mastelleta.


Another landscape with The Flight into Egypt, formerly in the collections of Mariette (with his attribution to Mastelletta on the mount), the Comte de Fries and Tancred Borenius, was exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1938 (cat. No. 393). A drawing of The Preaching of St. John The Baptist, was sold at Sotheby’s, London, in 1995.1


1. Sale, London, Sotheby’s, 3 July 1995, lot 88