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Italian School, early 19th century

A study of two horses

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Estimate:

5,000

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- 7,000 USD

Property from a New York Collection, Sold Without Reserve

Italian School, early 19th century

Italian School, early 19th century

A study of two horses

A study of two horses

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 USD

Lot sold:

6,930

USD

Property from a New York Collection, Sold Without Reserve

Italian School, early 19th century

A study of two horses


oil on canvas

canvas: 35 ⅛ by 45 ½ in.; 63.8 by 114.8 cm.  

framed: 42 ¼ by 52 ⅛ in.; 107.3 by 132.4 cm.  

The canvas is lined and is very taut on its stretcher. There is some undulation to the surface of the canvas. The overall image presents impressively, with detail and some impasto well-preserved, in particular in some of the white highlights. There is a somewhat thin quality to the background and the edges, but that may be consistent with this being a sketch. There is a network of craquelure throughout, though this is not too distracting. Inspection under UV reveals some scattered retouched spots, possibly to address old repairs, for example in the background near upper center, in the lower right corner, in the chest of the brown horse near the center of the lower edge, and in the lower left corner. There is a spot of retouching in the nose of the white horse. There are some finely applied strokes to address craquelure scattered throughout, some spots here and there, and some areas of broadly applied strengthening, for example in the mane of the white horse near the upper center. Offered in a simply carved gilt frame.


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These sketches are inspired by heads of two different horses in Giulio Romano's fresco of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in the Stanze di Raffaello in the Vatican in Rome. Arising from Raphael's design, that large fresco was finished by Romano as well as other member's of Raphael's workshop after the master's death in 1520. 


These frescoes inspired artists in generations to follow, including the likes of Auguste-Jean-Baptiste Vinchon (1789-1855). Having won the Prix de Rome in 1814 from the Académie Royale de Paris, Vinchon traveled to and lived in Rome from 1815-1817. While here, he advanced his education by copying works by the great masters, and he also made comparable sketches of single horse heads from the same fresco, a set of which recently appeared at auction.1


1. A set of 5, all oil on paper laid on canvas, each 60 by 76 cm. Sotheby's London, 25 June 2020, lot 49.