Mauro Gandolfi was the eldest of seven of Gaetano's children. After running away from home at the age of 16 and joining the French Army, he returned to Bologna in 1786 and began practising as an artist. His father Gaetano was his teacher, and Mauro made a number of drawings and paintings after his work while he trained in Gaetano's studio.
We are grateful to Prof. Donatella Biagi Maino for endorsing the attribution to Mauro following first-hand inspection of the painting, and for dating it to the earliest part of his career. The work will be included in her forthcoming monograph on the artist.
1 Inv. no. M.82.199; see D. Biagi Maino, Gaetano Gandolfi, Turin 1995, p. 370, cat. no. 98, reproduced fig. 117.
2 Inv. no. 1468; see Biagi Maino 1995, pp. 370–71, cat. no. 101, reproduced in colour pl. LXVIII, and fig. 112.
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