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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    Francesco Solimena (Canale di Serino 1657-1747 Barra)

    The Rest on the Flight into Eygpt

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    Francesco Solimena (Canale di Serino 1657-1747 Barra)
    The Rest on the Flight into Eygpt
    oil on canvas
    12 ¼ x 14 7/8 in. (31.1 x 37.8 cm.)

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    We are grateful to Professor Nicola Spinosa, who has confirmed the attribution on the basis of photographs, and who has suggested that it is an early work by the artist, datable to c. 1680 (written communication, 8 September 2016). Professor Spinosa will include the present work in his forthcoming monograph on Solimena.


    with Julius Weitzner, New York, from whom acquired in 1950 by the University of Kansas Museum of Art; Sotheby's, New York, 6 June 1985, lot 97, as "Attributed to Giovanni Battista Rossi".
    with Paul Ganz, New York, from whom acquired by Everett Fahy.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the additional literature for this lot, which is the painted source for an engraving published in 1724 with the inscription “Fran.s Solimene pinx.” A version of the present work on copper, also by Solimena, was formerly in the collection of Sir Denis Mahon and is now at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Several other copies and versions of lesser quality are also known (see G. Finaldi, loc. cit.). 

    B. Fredericksen and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Cambridge, 1972, p. 52, as Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari.
    A.M. Clark, Studies in Roman eighteenth-century painting, Washington, D.C., 1981, p. 8, n. 5, as Sebastiano Conca.
    N. Spinosa, Pittura napoletana del Settecento, Naples,1988, no. 13. 
    G. Finaldi and M. Kitson et al., Discovering the Italian Baroque: The Denis Mahon Collection, London, 1997, p. 160, under no. 76 (entry by G. Finaldi).
    S. Carotenuto, Francesco Solimena: Dall'attività giovanile agli anni della maturità (1674-1710), Rome, 2015, pp. 169-70, under no. A27, fig. A27.3.

    Bernard Baron, 1724.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Everett Fahy


    K. Berger, 'A picture by Sebastien Bourdon' in The Register of the Museum of Art of the University of Kansas, June 1951, no. 1, fig. 1, as Sebastien Bourdon.
    P. Rosenberg, 'Quelques tableaux inédits du dix-septième siècle français', Art de France : revue annuelle de l'art ancien et moderne, Paris, IV, 1964, p. 299, as attributed to Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari.