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Giuseppe Caletti

The Penitent Magdalen | La Madeleine repentante

Estimate:

6,000 - 10,000 EUR

Giuseppe Caletti

Giuseppe Caletti

The Penitent Magdalen | La Madeleine repentante

The Penitent Magdalen | La Madeleine repentante

Estimate:

6,000 - 10,000 EUR

Lot sold:

17,640

EUR

Giuseppe Caletti

Ferrare 1600 - 1660

The Penitent Magdalen


Oil on canvas

67,3 x 56,7 cm ; 26½ by 22⅜ in.

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Giuseppe Caletti

Ferrare 1600 - 1660

La Madeleine repentante


Huile sur toile

67,3 x 56,7 cm ; 26½ by 22⅜ in.

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Girolamo Manfrin Collection, Venice;

Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 24 April 1981, lot 8;

Private Collection, France. 

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Collection Girolamo Manfrin, Venise ;

Vente anonyme, Londres, Christie’s, 24 avril 1981, lot 8 ;

Collection particulière, France. 

Catalogo dei quadri esistenti nella Galleria Manfrin in Venezia, Venice 1856, no.128 (as Lavinia Fontana).

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Catalogo dei quadri esistenti nella Galleria Manfrin in Venezia, Venise, 1856, n° 128 (comme Lavinia Fontana).

Born in Cremona (hence his alternative name, ‘Il Cremonese’), Giuseppe Caletti seems to have been an individual with a wild and irregular temperament; his dissolute life sometimes brought him to the brink of bankruptcy. He was mainly active in the city of his birth, but also in Ferrara and Bologna.


In his art, he displayed a taste for the fantastic and strange, reminiscent of the earlier Ferrarese painter Dosso Dossi (1489-1542). The influence of Guercino (1591-1666) is also often mentioned in relation to Caletti’s art (in his engravings and drawings as well as his paintings). Here is seems particularly apparent. The rich palette, the deep shadows and the half-length composition all echo the works of the well-known Bolognese painter.


As indicated by the label on the back of the canvas, the painting was in the celebrated Manfrin collection in Venice, which was mostly assembled by Girolamo Manfrin and kept in the Palazzo Priuli-Venier. This Magdalene, at the time thought to be a painting by Lavinia Fontana, appears in the 1856 catalogue of the collection as no. 128.


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Né à Crémone (d’où son surnom, Il Cremonese), Giuseppe Caletti semble avoir été un personnage d’une humeur irrégulière et hors norme, menant une vie peu réglée le menant parfois à la limite de la faillite. Il sera actif principalement dans sa ville natale, mais également à Ferrare et Bologne.


Dans son art, il témoigne d’un goût pour le fantastique et l’étrange qui le rapproche de son voisin et aîné le peintre ferrarais Dosso Dossi (1489-1542). L’influence du Guerchin (1591-1666) est également fréquemment évoquée lorsqu’il s’agit de l’art de Caletti (que ce soit dans son œuvre gravé, dessiné ou peint). Elle semble ici manifeste. Le coloris riche, les ombres profondes et la composition à mi-corps font écho aux œuvres du célèbre peintre bolonais.


Comme l’indique l’étiquette qui se voit au dos de la toile, le tableau faisait partie de la célèbre collection Manfrin à Venise, formée en grande partie par Girolamo Manfrin et installée dans le Palais Priuli-Venier. La présente Madeleine, alors considérée comme une toile de Lavinia Fontana, figure dans le catalogue de la collection de 1856, sous le n° 128.