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    Sale 7605

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    8 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 10

    Giuseppe Cesari, Il Cavaliere d'Arpino (Rome 1568-1640)

    The Annunciation

    Price Realised  


    Giuseppe Cesari, Il Cavaliere d'Arpino (Rome 1568-1640)
    The Annunciation
    with inscription 'Mano della Cavalier Gioseppe Cesare compra Grand duca' (verso)
    red chalk, losses
    10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (270 x 206 mm.)

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    A study for a picture in the Cappella Aldobrandini, S. Maria in Via, Rome. Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini commissioned Arpino to undertake this picture and the frescoes in the chapel which according to Luisa Mortari he completed between 1 August 1594 and 13 February 1596 (H. Röttgen, exhib. cat., 1973, no. 102).
    The figures in the chapel can be compared to those in Arpino's Presentation in the Temple, dated 1597, and other pictures by him dated after 1600.
    Two copies of this drawing exist with minor differences, one in the Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf (inv. no. FP321) and another in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (inv. no. 24404). The sheet in Düsseldorf corresponds stylistically with a group of drawings attributed to Muzio Cesari, Giuseppe's older brother.

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    H. Beckmann (L. 2756a); Christie's, London, 21 November 1967, lot 165. Luciano Maranzi, Rome.


    H. Röttgen, Il Cavalier Giuseppe Cesari d'Arpino, Rome, 2002, pp. 282-3, no. 52a.


    Rome, Palazzo Venezia, Il Cavalier d'Arpino, 1973, no. 102.