Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

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Attributed to Giovan Paolo Pisani

The Procession of Saint Gregory the Great

Auction Closed

July 3, 10:51 AM GMT


5,000 - 7,000 GBP

Lot Details


Attributed to Giovan Paolo Pisani

(Siena 1574 - 1637)

The Procession of Saint Gregory the Great

Red and black chalk;

probably signed in pen and ink on the verso: Giovapaolo Pasani and inscribed: Manto Tane/Pari...Cappucino Nero/Tonaca Biancha;

bears old attributions in pen and ink, recto: Vanni, and verso: Vanius, and in pencil verso: Processione Ecclesiastica/Vanni

285 by 425 mm

Unidentified initials on the verso (with inventory number or a price code in pen and ink: Lxix);

George Clausen (born 1852) London, (L.539);

Sir John Pope-Hennessy (1913-1994);

sale, London, Christie's, 7 July 1998, lot 91 (as Francesco Vanni);

sale, London, Christie's, 3 July 2012, lot 9 (as Attributed to Francesco Vanni);

Private collection

The present sheet was part of a group of drawings offered for sale in the London art market as Francesco Vanni (1563-1610), from the collection of the late Sir John Pope-Hennessy in 1998 (see Provenance). The drawing was subsequently lifted from its backing which revealed, in addition to other attributions to Vanni, a pen and ink inscription, probably a signature: Giovapaolo Pasani. This inscription or signature refers most certainly to the Sienese master Giovan Paolo Pisani, an artistic personality who has been studied by Marco Ciampolini, in his Pittori Senesi del Seicento.1 Pisani probably started his artistic career with Alessandro Casolani (1552-1606), though he soon entered the bottega of Francesco Vanni and Ventura Salimbeni (1568-1613), whose influence can be detected in the style of present sheet. For more detailed information on Pisani's artistic career and bibliography, see Ciampolini (loc.cit).

  1. Marco Ciampolini, Pittori Senesi del Seicento, Siena 2010, vol. II, pp. 619-632