• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

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    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 122

    Attributed to Alonso Cano (Granada 1601-1667)

    The Virgin and Child in glory, with a putto presenting the rosary to Saint Dominic, accompanied by Saints Anthony Abbot, Clare, Francis, Vincent Ferrer and Catherine of Siena

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    Attributed to Alonso Cano (Granada 1601-1667)
    The Virgin and Child in glory, with a putto presenting the rosary to Saint Dominic, accompanied by Saints Anthony Abbot, Clare, Francis, Vincent Ferrer and Catherine of Siena
    with inscription 'Cano'
    pen and brown ink, brown wash, on vellum, oil stains
    9¼ x 5½ in. (23.5 x 14.5 cm.)


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    Related to Cano's altarpiece, the Virgen del Rosario, in the Cathedral at Malaga (I.H. Cuéllar et al., Alonso Cano: Espiritualidad y modernidad artística, exh. cat., Granada, Hospital Real, 2001, p. 285). A preparatory drawing for the same altarpiece is in the Louvre (inv. RF 43242). The use of vellum as a support for the present drawing is extremely unusual and may suggest that the drawing was originally intended to form part of a liturgical manuscript such as a book of hours, perhaps one that was intended to be used in the Malaga Chapel of the Rosary itself.

    The present drawing will be included in Dr. Zahira Véliz's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Alonso Cano's drawings.

    Provenance

    Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, Bt., and by descent to
    Lt.-Col. W. Stirling; Sotheby's, London, 21 October 1963, part of lot 20.
    A. Franklin, London, and by descent to the present owner.


    Literature

    Z. Véliz, 'Quotation in the Drawing Practice of Alonso Cano', Master Drawings, XXXVII, 4, Winter 1999, fig. 6.