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604

Ottavio Maria Leoni

Pope Paul V, seated, with his nephew Scipione Borghese, standing, both full-length in an interior

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Ottavio Maria Leoni

Ottavio Maria Leoni

Pope Paul V, seated, with his nephew Scipione Borghese, standing, both full-length in an interior

Pope Paul V, seated, with his nephew Scipione Borghese, standing, both full-length in an interior

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

30,240

USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Ottavio Maria Leoni

Rome 1587 - 1630

Pope Paul V, seated, with his nephew Scipione Borghese, standing, both full-length in an interior


oil on slate

slate: 9 by 5 7/8 in.; 22.8 by 14.7 cm.

framed: 13 1/2 by 10 in.; 34.3 by 25.4 cm. 

The painting is on a support of dark slate, about 1 inch thick, which is stable and planar. The artist has left the polished slate itself remain unpainted in the background and the bottom edge of the composition for a nice effect. The paint sits nicely on the slate and the paint layer is stable overall, with some of the thick brushwork remaining intact nicely. There are scattered, subtle areas of retouching throughout the composition, mostly in the reds, though few if any in the faces. They have been very well done and are not noticeable to the naked eye. Ready to be hung as is, offered in a carved giltwood frame.


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With Alessandra di Castro, Rome;
There acquired.
Y. Primarosa, Ottavia Leoni (1578-1630). Eccellente miniator di ritratti. Catalogo ragionato dei disegni e dei dipinti, Rome 2017, p. 690, cat. no. 36.

This refined double portrait has been dated by Primarosa (see Literature) to 1610-15. Camillo Borghese was elected to the papacy in 1605 and became Pope Paul V; shortly thereafter he conferred a cardinalship on his nephew Scipione. A powerful and enthusiastic art collector, Cardinal Borghese benefited greatly from his uncle's papacy and established one of the greatest collections of Renaissance and Baroque art, much of which is today housed in the Villa Borghese in Rome.  


Both a painter and a draftsman, Ottavio Leoni is known today for his portraits on paper of some of the most important artists and patrons in Rome, including his iconic drawing of Caravaggio (now in the Biblioteca Marucelliana, Florence).  This delicate painting on slate can be stylistically compared to the painting by Leoni now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art depicting a Cardinal's procession.


1. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/442183