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    Sale 5979

    Old Master, 19th Century and British Drawings and Watercolours

    9 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 518

    Francesco Brizio (Bologna 1574-1623)

    The Guardian Angels

    Price Realised  


    Francesco Brizio (Bologna 1574-1623)
    The Guardian Angels
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, red wash, heightened with white, on pink prepared paper, on two joined sheets
    8 7/8 x 6¾ in. (21.4 x 17.3 cm.)

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    Related to an altarpiece of the same subject, executed circa 1610-14 for the Cappella Pelloni in S. Martino Maggiore, Bologna (E. Hermann-Atorino, Francesco Brizio, Worms, 1989, pp. 145-6, no. G3, fig. 42). The finished painting includes a third angel in the centre of the composition, which was apparently also true of this drawing in its original state. The central section was later removed to create this more compact composition.

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