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Attributed to Jean Ducamps, called Giovanni di Filippo del Campo

Cupid breaking his bow

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- 12,000 USD

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Attributed to Jean Ducamps, called Giovanni di Filippo del Campo

Attributed to Jean Ducamps, called Giovanni di Filippo del Campo

Cupid breaking his bow

Cupid breaking his bow

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

10,710

USD

Sold Without Reserve

Jean Ducamps, called Giovanni di Filippo del Campo

Cambrai circa 1600 - after 1638 Madrid

Cupid breaking his bow


oil on canvas

canvas: 52 by 36 1/4 in.; 132 by 92 cm.

framed: 56 3/4 by 42 in.; 144.2 by 106.5 cm.  

The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. The overall image reads strongly on the wall beneath a discolored, dirty, and somewhat uneven varnish. Cupid's face and most of his figure appear to retain good detail. There is a faint mottled pattern to an old varnish layer, causing some light scattered spots throughout. There appear to have been a few campaigns of restoration on this painting, and much of the retouching is visible to the naked eye. Some of this retouching attends to old repaired tears, including one vertical repaired tear in the background that runs from the left of Cupid's head to his mid-torso, one larger repaired tear in the background to the right of Cupid's upper chest, a diagonal thin repaired tear in the lower right background to the right of his leg, and one near the lower left edge, among others. Other scattered old repairs are visible here and there in the background, including two spots in Cupid's chest and an area in his upper thigh at right. Discolored retouching is also found to areas near all of the edges, as well as scattered in the lower quadrant. Inspection under UV reveals a thick milky varnish that impedes some inspection, but otherwise more fully reveals all of the aforementioned retouchings, almost all of which have discolored, some more noticeably than others. Offered in a simple giltwood frame.


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Jean Ducamps was a northern follower of Caravaggio.  As a young artist, he trained in Antwerp under Abraham Janssens, but he spent the majority of his career in Rome, where he joined the Bentvueghels, a society of northern artists active in Rome.  His works illustrate the influence of his contemporaries, including Cecco del Caravaggio and Valentin de Boulogne, among others, and the present canvas seems also to reveal the influence of Giusto Fiammingo.  Giani Papi has recently proposed the possibility of a link between Ducamps and the Master of the Incredulity of Saint Thomas, an anonymous Caravaggisti active in Rome from about 1620-1640.  Another version of this composition, attributed to Jean Ducamps by Papi, was recently exhibited with Galerie Michel Descours in Lyon.

1.  Oil on canvas, 132 by 96 cm, https://www.artsy.net/artwork/jean-ducamps-cupid-breaking-his-bow.