Roman Charity
Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

Roman Charity

22 January 2021 • New York

Roman Charity
Roman Charity
Roman Charity
Roman Charity
Roman Charity
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Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

Roman Charity

Estimate:

80,000 - 120,000 USD

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

Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

Roman Charity

Roman Charity

Estimate:

80,000 - 120,000 USD

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

12 days, 15 hours

12 days, 15 hours

January 30, 04:46 PM (GMT)

January 30, 04:46 PM (GMT)

Description

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

Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

Paris 1714 - 1789

Roman Charity


oil on canvas

canvas: 49 1/2 by 37 1/4 in.; 125.7 by 94.5 cm.

framed: 59 by 46 3/4 in.; 149.8 by 118.7 cm. 

Provenance

Cardinal Fesch, by 1841 (inv. no. 1707);
His sale, Rome, Palais Ricci, 17-18 March 1845, lot 447;
E. Doumet, 1860;
Doumet-Adonsonl, sold, Paris, Hotel Drouot, 7-8 December 1923;
Anonymous sale, Monaco, Sotheby's, 17 June 1988, lot 894 (as Joseph Marie Vien);
There acquired.

Literature

H. Mireur, Dictionnaire des Ventes d'Art, vol. VII, Paris 1912, pp. 368-369;
T. Gaehtgens and J. Lugand, Joseph-Marie Vien, Paris 1988 p. 215, reproduced fig. 49 (as doubtful attribution to Vien);
N. Lesur and O. Aaron, Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre 1714-1789: Premier peintre du roi, Paris 2009, pp. 205, 292, cat. no. P.211, reproduced in reverse. 

Exhibited

Montpellier, Salon de Montpellier, 1860, no. 374.

Catalogue note

In De Factorum et Dictorum Memorabilium (Memorable Acts and Sayings of the Ancient Romans), the ancient historian Valerius Maximus tells of a certain Cimon, an aged man, who is in prison awaiting execution and who is therefore left without food.  His daughter Pero visits him and, upon seeing his deteriorating health, nourishes him by giving him her breast.  Of the many examples of filial piety in the literature of antiquity, this story is the most ubiquitous among artists' depictions throughout the 16th and 17th centuries in Italy and Northern Europe, though it is rarer in 18th century France.