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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 154

    Giovanni Ghisolfi (Milan 1623-1683)

    A capriccio landscape with Alexander visiting the tomb of Achilles


    Giovanni Ghisolfi (Milan 1623-1683)
    A capriccio landscape with Alexander visiting the tomb of Achilles
    oil on canvas
    35 5/8 x 52 1/8 in. (90.5 x 132.3 cm.)

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    The figures in this painting clearly illustrate Salvator Rosa’s influence on Ghisolfi. Since his early works, the artist showed a strong interest in the figures by the visionary Rosa, which he had probably studied through engravings. Their impact on Ghisolfi was as such that he set for Rome to meet the master in person. He cherished Rosa’s advice with regards to figure painting throughout his career.

    This painting is offered together with a copy of a certificate by Dr. Hermann Voss, dated 24 August 1964, who considers the present picture closely related to a painting in the Picture Gallery, Dresden, The Ruins of Cartago (Gal.-No. 471).

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    Anonymous sale; Lempertz, Cologne, 24 April 1965, lot 45.


    A. Busiri Vici, Giovanni Ghisolfi (1623-1683). Un pittore milanese di rovine romane, ed. F. Cosmelli, Rome, 1992, p. 90, no. 46.