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    Sale 11936

    Old Masters: Part II

    14 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 236

    Giacinto Brandi (Gaeta or Poli 1621-1691 Rome)

    The Assumption of Saint Mary Magdalene

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    Giacinto Brandi (Gaeta or Poli 1621-1691 Rome)
    The Assumption of Saint Mary Magdalene
    oil on canvas
    39 ¼ x 29 3/8 in. (99.7 x 74.7 cm.)

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    Chigi collection, Rome.
    Robert and Catherine Enggass, Athens, Georgia.

    Pre-Lot Text


    Dr. Robert Enggass was one of the 20th century’s leading scholars of Italian Baroque art. His contributions to the field were manifold: in addition to his early studies on historical documentation related to 17th and 18th-century Italian painting and sculpture, he published numerous essays on the master Baroque painter, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, which led to the first monograph dedicated to the artist, The Paintings of Baciccio: Giovanni Battist Gaulli, 1639-1790 (1964). For his pioneering Early Eighteenth-Century Sculpture in Rome: An Illustrated Catalogue Raisonné (1976), Enggass was awarded the 1977 Borghese Prize for the best book of the year on a Roman topic. Robert and his wife, Catherine, made a formidable research team, and together they published several important translations of Baroque texts, including Nicola Pio’s Le Vite di Pittori, scultori, et architetti, Malvasia’s Life of Guido Reni, Ridolfi’s Life of Tintoretto, and Baldinucci’s Life of Bernini, all fundamental resources for students of art from this period. Dr. Enggass was also a beloved professor, teaching at several American universities including Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kansas and the University of Georgia.