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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 124

    Attributed to Lionello Spada (Bologna 1576-1622 Parma)

    Ecce Homo

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Lionello Spada (Bologna 1576-1622 Parma)
    Ecce Homo
    oil on canvas
    85½ x 73¼ in. (217.2 x 186.1 cm.)


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    Traditionally attributed to the Veronese painter Alessandro Turchi, we are grateful to Professor Nicola Spinosa for suggesting an attribution of this powerful work to Leonello Spada. Bolognese by birth, after training in the studio of the decorative painter Cesare Baglioni, Spada gravitated to the Caracci academy where he fell under the influence of Ludovico. However, in 1609 Spada travelled to Rome where he absorbed the work of Caravaggio and evolved a dramatic, monumental style that can be evinced by the present work.

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    Provenance

    (Probably) Johann Adam I Andreas, Prince of Liechtenstein, Duke of Troppau and Jägerndorf (1657-1712), as the picture recorded in the 1712 inventory of his estate under no. 11, 'Eines (2¾ elln hoch und uber 2 elln breith), wo Christus der Ecce homo vorgestellet. Von Jordan.', and by descent to
    Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Duke of Troppau and Jägerndorf (1840-1929), by whom given to the Gallery at the Garden Palace at Rossau on 23 October 1888; where it remained until 1945, when moved to Schloss Vaduz, Liechtenstein, until the present.


    Literature

    A. Kronfeld, Führer durch die Fürstlich Liechtensteinsche Gemäldegalerie in Wien, Vienna, 1931, pp. 191- 192, no. 943