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Pietro della Vecchia

Head of an apostle

Property from a Private Collection, Uruguay

Pietro della Vecchia

Pietro della Vecchia

Head of an apostle

Head of an apostle

Property from a Private Collection, Uruguay

Pietro della Vecchia

Venice or Vicenza 1602/3 - 1678 Venice

Head of an apostle


oil on canvas

canvas: 21 by 16 ½ in.; 53.3 by 41.9 cm.

framed: 31 ¾ by 27 ½ in.; 80.6 by 69.9 cm.

The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. The image reads well beneath thick, glossy varnish that has yellowed slightly. stretcher bar marks are slightly visible around all 4 edges, and a line of discolored retouching on the man's proper right shoulder is visible, but not distracting. Two old repaired tears are visible as spots of uneven texture at the right side of the beard and at the lower right corner. Under UV inspection, the varnish is milky and difficult to read through, but retouching to address frame abrasion is visible at the top left corner, on the bottom edge, and other retouching is concentrated in the upper right background. The painting would possibly benefit from a cleaning and fresh varnish. Offered in an ebonized wood frame with gilt linings.


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With Carlos Maveroff, Montevideo, late 19th - early 20th century (as School of Annibale Carracci);
Anonymous sale, Montevideo, Castells, 5 May 2015, lot 85 (as Circle of Carracci);
There acquired.
Montevideo, Uruguay, Salon Maveroff, Exposición de Antiguos Maestros, as School of Annibale Carracci.

The versatile Pietro della Vecchia, formerly erroneously called Pietro Muttoni, became an important religious painter in 1630s Venice, but also specialized in grotesques and head studies of figures, like the present lot. He was married to Clorinda Regnier, daughter of the Caravaggesque painter Nicolas, and herself an accomplished artist.