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    Sale 5979

    Old Master, 19th Century and British Drawings and Watercolours

    9 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 547

    Bartolomeo Cesi (Bologna 1556-1629)

    A standing female figure

    Price Realised  


    Bartolomeo Cesi (Bologna 1556-1629)
    A standing female figure
    red and white chalk, on blue paper
    11¼ x 7¾ in. (28.3 x 19.4 cm.)

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    A preparatory study for the left-hand figure in Charity and Truth, one of the frescoes from a cycle of Scenes from the Life of the Virgin, executed by Cesi circa 1584 in S. Maria dei Bulgari, Bologna. The cycle was destroyed during the Second World War.

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    A. Maggiori (L. 3005b), his inscription 'Il Cesi fece' (recto) and his further inscription 'A. Maggiori compro in Bologna 16 8bre 1792' (verso).
    P.G. Breschi (L. 2079b).
    C. Argentieri (L. 486b).
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 14 April 1986, lot 9.
    with Marcello Aldega and Margot Gordon, New York, Italian Drawings XVI to XVIII century, 1988, no. 13.
    Jak Katalan, New York, acquired in 1992, given to a charitable trust.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is sold unframed.


    Poughkeepsie, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, The Katalan Collection of Italian Drawings, 1995-6, no. 24 (note by M. di Giampaolo).