• European Noble and Private Col auction at Christies

    Sale 2835

    European Noble and Private Collections

    15 - 16 December 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 416

    Michelangelo Maestri (d. circa 1812)

    Sofocle e Melpone; Socrate e Filosofia; Calliope Omero

    Price Realised  

    Michelangelo Maestri (d. circa 1812)
    Sofocle e Melpone; Socrate e Filosofia; Calliope Omero
    signed 'Mich Ang. Maestri fece in Roma' and inscribed 'Ant. Canova inv.' and with titles
    gouache over etched outline on paper. Framed and glazed, unexamined out of frame.
    44 x 42 cm.; 34.5 x 41 cm.; 36 x 42 cm. (3)


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    The scenes depicted in the present lots are fine examples of the classicism often found in these types of decorative early 19th century works of art. Michelangelo Maestri is well known for incorporating motifs from the antique room decorations at Pompeii and Herculaneum in his works. Many of his compositions are based on designs by Raphael (Urbino 1483-1520 Rome) or his pupil Giulio Romano (Rome 1499-1546 Mantua). They were immensely popular and were acquired in large numbers by northern Europeans on their Grand Tour.

    Comparative Literature:
    M. Natale, Musée d'art et d'histoire Genève, Peintures italiennes du XIVe au XVIIIe siècle Geneva, Geneva, 1979, p. 569-570.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ITALIAN DIPLOMAT (lot 416-418)