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    Sale 2237

    The Scholars Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection Part I

    27 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    Andrea Celesti (Venice 1637-c. 1712)

    An Allegory of Poverty, the Enemy of the Arts

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    Andrea Celesti (Venice 1637-c. 1712)
    An Allegory of Poverty, the Enemy of the Arts
    oil on canvas
    40 5/8 x 51½ in. (103.2 x 130.8 cm.)


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    The subject of the present painting is probably allegorical, but the identification of the two figures is difficult. The nude woman appears to have an olive branch in her hand which might refer to poetry. The woman who has thrown her to the ground is crowned with a spiky wreath, a broken column behind her.

    The attribution to Celesti was originally suggested by Carlo Volpi (private communication, 22 November 1971), an opinion which is supported by Teresio Pignatti (private communication, 9 May 1972). Volpi notes the evident influence of Liberi, Forabosco and Mazzoni.