• Old Masters auction at Christies

    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 3

    Giovanni Battista Lama (Naples c. 1660-1740/8)

    Rinaldo called back to arms by Ubaldo and Carlo; or Aeneas, being urged to leave Carthage

    Estimate

    Giovanni Battista Lama (Naples c. 1660-1740/8)
    Rinaldo called back to arms by Ubaldo and Carlo; or Aeneas, being urged to leave Carthage
    oil on canvas
    13 3/8 x 30 3/8 in. (34 x 77.3 cm.)


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    Although traditionally attributed to Paolo de Matteis, this fresh, colorful canvas has been identified by Professor Nicola Spinosa, to whom we are grateful, as a work of De Matteis' brother-in-law and collaborator, Giovanni Battista Lama (written communication, 8 September 2016). Professor Spinosa plans to publish the present work in his forthcoming monograph on Francesco Solimena.

    A slightly larger version of this picture, which Spinosa also attributes to Lama, was sold at Sotheby's, New York, on 17 April 1986, lot 51. A pair of canvases of identical size to the present work, also showing scenes from Tasso, were sold at Christie's, London, 26 November 1976 lot 22. Still another set, showing Carlo, Ubaldo and Rinaldo were with Agnew's, London, and it was these that featured in the Burlington Magazine's 'Notable Works of Art Now on the Market', CX, Decmber, 1968, when a connection was suggested with the frescoes of 1721 by Paolo de Matteis', formerly in the Palazzo Pignatelli in Moteleone, Naples. Although the abovementioned works have traditionally been given to de Matteis, Spinoa's attribution of this and the ex-Sotheby's, 1986 version open the possibility that these works are not sketches, as has often been supposed, but, in fact, ricordi.

    Provenance

    with Paul Ganz, New York, by 1970, from whom acquired by Everett Fahy.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Everett Fahy


    Literature

    Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 101, 1 July 1970-30 June 1971, p. 17, as Paolo de Matteis.


    Exhibited

    New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970, on loan (from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ganz), as Paolo de Matteis.