23 April 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 5,000
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
Elias Megel (18th Century)
A trompe l'oeil with an etching of Saint Thaddeus by Marco Pitteri (1742), after the drawing by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1682-1754)
signed 'ELIAS MEGEL. Pinxit.' (lower centre, on the print)
oil on canvas, unframed
25½ x 24¼ in. (64.7 x 61.6 cm.)
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The etching depicted by Megel is one of a celebrated series by Marco Pitteri (1703-1786), which was much admired by Fragonard when he saw them in a print shop in Venice in 1774. It has been suggested that Saint Thaddeus is Piazzetta's self-portrait.
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