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    Sale 7610

    Important Old Master & British Pictures Day Sale Including Property From The Collection Of The Princely House Of Liechtenstein

    9 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 229

    Attributed to Domenico Beccafumi, il Mecarino (Cortine in Valdibiana Montaperti 1484-1551 Siena)

    Venus with two putti: a fragment

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    Estimate

    Attributed to Domenico Beccafumi, il Mecarino (Cortine in Valdibiana Montaperti 1484-1551 Siena)
    Venus with two putti: a fragment
    oil on panel
    28¾ x 22½ in. (73 x 57.3 cm.)


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    Domenico Beccafumi was the outstanding native-born artist of high Renaissance Siena, remarkable both for his genius as a religious painter and the unfailing intelligence of his secular compositions. First published by Leone de Castris, this panel is closely comparable with the double-sided beirheads in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena (Torriti, op. cit., no. P4), which are now generally accepted as early works of about 1510 by the artist, the head of Venus is shown at a very similar angle to that of San Galgano (Torriti, no. P46). The putti are similar in character to the infant angels of the central panel of the Trinity triptych, also at Siena (Torriti, no. P5), which is datable to 1513, but M. Torriti notes the superiority of the latter, which presumably implies that the Venus is the earlier in date of the two works.

    This panel was likely intended as a spalliera. As Torriti suggests it may have been similarly posed to the later Venus in the Birmingham City Art Gallery (Torriti, no. P29).

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    Provenance

    Private collection, Budapest.


    Literature

    P. Leone de Castris, 'Una "venere" del Giovane Beccafumi e un "Eva" del Brescianino', in Scritti per l'Instituto Germanico di storia dell'arte di Firenze, Florence, 1997, pp. 281-6.
    M. Torriti, in P. Torriti, ed., Beccafumi, Milan, 1998, p. 65, no. P6, illustrated.