• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 320

    Attributed to Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna 1638-1665)

    Allegory of Charity; and Putti fishing

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    Attributed to Elisabetta Sirani (Bologna 1638-1665)
    Allegory of Charity; and Putti fishing
    black chalk, brown wash; and red chalk, pen and brown and grey ink, grey wash, unframed
    6 1/8 x 5¼ in. (15.8 x 13.4 cm.) and 5½ x 8¼ in. (14 x 20.8 cm.), unframed
    two on one mount (2)


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    The Allegory of Charity is close, both in style and composition, to a drawing now in the Louvre (inv. 9013 bis), which is a preparatory study for Sirani's Portrait of Anna Maria Ranuzzi Marsigli as Charity; the finished painting, dated 1665, is in the Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna (Elisabetta Sirani: 'pittrice eroina' 1638-1665, exhib. cat., Bologna, Museo Civico Archeologico, 2004-5, pp. 204-5). Anna Maria Ranuzzi's pose in the finished painting is closer to that in the present drawing than it is to that in the Louvre sheet, while the present drawing also foreshadows the final pose of the putto at upper right, who leans forward in the painting to offer cherries to the seated child.

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    Provenance

    Count J. Durazzo (see L. 174), according to an inscription on the verso.