S. Bellesi, Cesare Dandini, Turin 1996, pp. 132, 134, cat. no. 7, reproduced p. 134 and pl. XXVI.
Unpublished until Bellesi's 1996 catalogue raisonné, this tender depiction of Saint Agnes is considered to be the prime version of a subject to which the artist returned multiple times. The strong colors, polished surfaces and elegant composition are distinctly Florentine, and exhibit Dandini's great skill in creating intimate, devotional paintings. The Roman Saint Agnes is identified here by her characteristic lamb and palm; the patron saint of chastity and virginity, her innocence and divine beauty are captured elegantly by Dandini in this popular composition.
The canvas has an old relining and is flat and stable. The paint layer is well preserved with bright colors, though some of the browns have sunk into the canvas. Ultraviolet light reveals a drippy, uneven varnish throughout which makes it difficult to decipher any old restorations. Overall the condition of the work is good, and it can be hung as is. Offered in a carved giltwood frame. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.