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584

Giovanni Lanfranco

Saint John the Baptist in the wilderness

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 300,000 USD

Giovanni Lanfranco

Giovanni Lanfranco

Saint John the Baptist in the wilderness

Saint John the Baptist in the wilderness

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 300,000 USD

Giovanni Lanfranco

Parma 1582 - 1647 Rome

Saint John the Baptist in the wilderness


oil on canvas

canvas: 70 1/2 by 47 1/2 in.; 179 by 120.6 cm.

framed: 78 ¼ by 55 1/2 in.; 198.8 by 141 cm.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This work has a recent European glue lining, which is effectively stabilizing the paint layer. The work is clean and varnished.


Although there is a slightly opaque quality to the varnish under ultraviolet light, it seems that all the retouching can be identified. There are a few spots in the figure's eyes, nose, neck and jaw on the left side. There are restorations addressing some cracking and losses in his right shoulder and bicep. There are restorations in his clavicle. There are a few isolated restorations in his left hand. There are quite a few retouches in the red robe beneath his right arm, which address cracking and weakness to this color. There is a restored loss of about 4 by 2 inches in the lower left corner beneath the hind leg of the sheep. There are some isolated restorations in the left foot and in the lower calf. The background and the sky are well preserved, with only concentrations of retouching in the foliage in the upper center and in the rock in the center of the left side.


The work should be hung in its current state.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

With Galleria Francesco Romano, Rome, early 1960s (as Lanfranco);
Anonymous sale, Rome, Antonio Gelardini, 9 – 26 March 1964, lot 1218 (as Lanfranco); 
There purchased by Count Scribani Rossi, Rome; 
From whom acquired by Galleria Claudio Gasparrini, Rome, by 1980 (as Lanfranco); 
Private collection, Sydney, Australia, by 1994 or earlier.
E. Schleier, Die roemische Zeit Giovanni Lanfrancos (1602 – 1634), unpublished doctoral dissertation, Hamburg University 1966, pp. 1559 – 1561, U2 (doubts attribution to Lanfranco); 
F. D’Amico, "Appunti su Giovanni Lanfranco", in: Annuario dell’ Istituto di Storia dell’ Arte Anno Accademico 1974/75–1975/76, Rome 1977, p. 195, note 3, reproduced fig. 8 (as Lanfranco);
M. Pirondini, "Sisto Badalocchio", in: La Scuola dei Carracci. I seguaci di Annibale e Agostino, ed. by M.  Pirondini and E. Negro, Modena 1995, p. 95, reproduced fig. 123 (as Sisto Badalocchio);
E. Schleier, "Note su Carlo Bononi e su Giovanni Lanfranco", in: Antichita Viva, XXXV, no. 1, 1996, p. 14 (as  Lanfranco); 
G. Berti, in: Sisto Badalocchio, ed. by M. Pirondini, Manerba 2004, p. 149, no. 71, reproduced in color, plate XXXV (as Sisto Badalocchio);
E. Schleier, "Il San Giovanni Battista del Chazen Museum of Art at Madison, Storia e fortuna critica di un  quadro", in: dal Razionalismo al Rinascimento, per I quaranta anni di studi di Silvia Danesi Squarzina, ed. by M.  Giulia Aurigemma, Rome 2011, pp. 260 – 262, reproduced fig. 4 (as Lanfranco).