• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

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

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 114

    Gaetano Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1734-1802 Bologna)

    Saint Margaret of Cortona

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    Gaetano Gandolfi (San Matteo della Decima 1734-1802 Bologna)
    Saint Margaret of Cortona
    signed and dated 'G. G.fi f 1800' (verso) and with inscription 'G' (recto)
    black and white chalk, stumping, on light brown paper
    17 3/8 x 12¾ in. (44 x 32.3 cm.)


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    Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297) was the daughter of a peasant and for several years the mistress of a nobleman. On her lover's death she repented her sins and sought admission to the Franciscan Order. Gandolfi has represented her, as had many other baroque painters, wearing the knotted girdle of the Franciscan Order and kneeling before a crucifix accompanied by a little spaniel, her usual attribute, which belonged to her lover who was murdered after visiting her. The dog returned to Margaret and succeeded in leading her to its master's body.

    No painting related to this drawing is known although a similar kneeling figure of the Saint holding a skull and accompanied by her dog appears in Gandolfi's 1775 altarpiece in the church of S. Giorgio, Porto San Giorgio, Ascoli Piceno (D. Biagi Maino, Gaetano Gandolfi, Turin, 1995, no. 94, pl. 110).