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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 197

    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)

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    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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