• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 7783

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Day Sale

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 119

    Giovanni Battista Vanni (Florence 1600-1660 Pistoia)

    Portrait of the artist, half-length, holding a sheet of music, with a violinist and a lady holding a lap dog

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    Giovanni Battista Vanni (Florence 1600-1660 Pistoia)
    Portrait of the artist, half-length, holding a sheet of music, with a violinist and a lady holding a lap dog
    oil on canvas
    45¼ x 57¼ in. (104.9 x 145.3 cm.)


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    Another version of this composition, with several variations, is in The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida. One of the two versions is described by Filippo Baldinucci in his biography of the artist: 'Colorì anche d'assai buon gusto un quadro di mezze figure, nel quale fece vedere il ritratto di se stesso con bizzarro berrettone in capo, e con ricca veste; il tutto tocco di forza: evvi anche dipinta una vaga donna ed un avvistato giovane, che accorda un violino, accostandoselo con bella grazia all'orecchio: la quale opera pure possiede Bettin Francesco Seminati' (F. Baldinucci, Notizie dei Professori del Disegno da Cimabue in qua, Florence, 1681-1728, ed. Ranalli, Florence, 1846, p. 541).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 8 December 1989, lot 126 (sold for £44,000).
    Private collection, United Kingdom.


    Literature

    F. Baldassari, La pittura del Seicento a Firenze. Indice degli artisti e delle loro opere, Turin and London, 2009, p. 682.