• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5405

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    10 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 115

    Ettore De Maria Bergler (Italian, 1850-1938)

    Feeding pigeons before Santa Maria della Salute

    Price Realised  

    Ettore De Maria Bergler (Italian, 1850-1938)
    Feeding pigeons before Santa Maria della Salute
    signed and dated 'E. de Maria. 79' (lower left)
    oil on canvas, unframed
    25½ x 31½ in. (64.7 x 80 cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Born in Naples, Ettore De Maria Bergler studied in Palermo under Francesco Lojacono and there he was responsible for decorating the Villa Igea and the Teatro Massimo, in particular the royal box. Bergler was a prolific painter of portraits and landscapes, exhibiting in Milan, Rome and Venice. The present work depicts the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, which was commissioned by the Venetian Senate in 1630 as an offering following a wave of the plague that struck Venice in 1629. A major event that still takes place today on 21 November is the feast of the Madonna della Salute, where the city's officials parade from San Marco to the Salute to give thanks for deliverance from the plague.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.