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Property from a Private Collection, Sold Without Reserve

Follower of Jacopo Zucchi

The Three Graces flanked by two vases

No reserve

Lot Closed

October 21, 04:01 PM GMT

Estimate

8,000 - 12,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Private Collection, Sold Without Reserve

Follower of Jacopo Zucchi

The Three Graces flanked by two vases


inscribed, upper right: QUOD. NATVRA. / IN CHOAT. PERFI / CIT. GRATIA.;

inscribed on vase, lower left: NATURAE BONA;

inscribed on vase, lower right: CONCTA. VIDES

oil on panel

panel: 12 by 9⅜ in.; 30.5 by 23.8 cm.

framed: 16¼ by 14¾ in.; 41.3 by 37.5 cm.

New York, Butterfield’s, circa 1986;
Where acquired by the present collector.

Active in the Medici court in late sixteenth-century Florence, Jacopo Zucchi frequently produced small-scale panels for an erudite audience that included Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici, in Rome. It was likely the latter who commissioned the original painting on copper (private collection) from Zucchi, on which the present composition is based. 


As told in Hesiod's epic poem Theogony, the three graces, daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, personified feminine beauty and virtue: Euphrosyne embodied joy, Aglaea embodied radiance, and Thalia embodied prosperity. Their arrangement, with the two outer figures facing the viewer and the central figure seen from behind, derives from Hellenistic prototypes and recalls Raphael's depiction of the subject (Chantilly, Musée Condé, inv. no. PE 38).