• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 330

    Simone Cantarini (Oropezza 1612-1648 Verona)

    Saint Peter healing the cripple

    Price Realised  


    Simone Cantarini (Oropezza 1612-1648 Verona)
    Saint Peter healing the cripple
    red chalk, watermark encircled bird on a three-peaked mountain
    6 1/8 x 7¾ in. (15.4 x 19.8 cm.)

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    A preparatory study for Cantarini's picture of Saint Peter healing the cripple, commissioned for the right wall of the cappella maggiore in the Church of S. Pietro in Valle, Fano. Andrea Emiliani has proposed a date circa 1639 for the picture, which is considered 'uno dei capolavori assoluti' of the artist (A. Emiliani, Simone Cantarini, detto il Pesarese, 1612-1648, Milan, 1997, p. 151). Another compositional study for the painting, also in red chalk and focusing on the interaction between Saint Peter and the man being healed, is in the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan (inv. 517). The Milan drawing may belong to a slightly earlier stage in the compositional process than the present lot. The Milan sheet shows the composition in reverse, with the figures arranged in a diagonal formation from lower left to upper right; the present drawing, by contrast, shows the figures already arranged in the grouping that would be carried through to the finished painting, with the diagonal running from upper left to lower right, and a separate group, including a mother and child, on the right.

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    Commendatore Vittorio Genevosio (L. 545).
    Count Moriz von Fries (L. 2903).
    V. Ezekiel.
    J.C. Genty, his stamp (not in Lugt); Christie's, London, 16 May 1978, lot 38.