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    Sale 7743

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Evening Sale

    7 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 13

    Girolamo da Santacroce (Santa Croce, Bergamo 1480/5-after 1556 Venice)

    Scenes from Orlando Furioso: Agramante laying siege to Paris, Charlemagne leading Angelica away from Orlando, and Orlando routing the Moorish squadrons; and The duel of Orlando and Manricardo, the duel of Manricardo and Zerbino, and Astolfo delivering Senapo from the Harpies

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    Girolamo da Santacroce (Santa Croce, Bergamo 1480/5-after 1556 Venice)
    Scenes from Orlando Furioso: Agramante laying siege to Paris, Charlemagne leading Angelica away from Orlando, and Orlando routing the Moorish squadrons; and The duel of Orlando and Manricardo, the duel of Manricardo and Zerbino, and Astolfo delivering Senapo from the Harpies
    oil on canvas laid on panel
    the former 12 x 47¾ in. (30.5 x 121.3 cm.); the latter 11 7/8 x 47¾ in. (30.2 x 121.3)
    two (2)


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    These canvasses are among the finest of the relatively few secular works by Girolamo da Santacroce, who concentrated on the production of devotional pictures. His master, Gentile Bellini, who died in 1507, left Santacroce half of the figure studies he had executed as a result of his visit of 1479-81 to Constantinople, and lent to Pinturicchio for use in the Borgia Appartments and elsewhere. Orientals appear in a number of Santacroce's works, including the Murano altarpiece of 1507, the Risen Christ of 1517 in the Accademia, Venice and the Dresden Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence. Ariosto's poem, Orlando Furioso, first published in 1516, evidently gave the artist an opportunity to redeploy his master's interest in the East. Another panel, also measuring 12 by 48 inches, of episodes from the poem, is in the Museum of Columbus, Ohio, but includes no representation of Orientals. Of particular interest in the second panel of these panels is the representation of a room hung with tapestries which are being inspected by candlelight. The prominent parrots in both compositions may be of heraldic significance.

    The pictures were both apparently owned by the Rev. Walter Davenport Bromley (1787-1863), an early collector of Italian Renaissance pictures. These were not mentioned by Dr. Waagen, who stayed at Wooton in 1850 and may have been acquired subsequently, presumably in London where Bromley attended numerous sales. His collection included such masterpieces as the Giotto Dormition of the Virgin at Berlin and Bellini's Agony in the Garden in the National Gallery, London.

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    Provenance

    Presumably the Rev. Walter Davenport Bromley (1787-1863), Wooton Hall, Shropshire, and by descent through his son William Bromley-Davenport, at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE BROMLEY-DAVENPORT FAMILY


    Exhibited

    Manchester, Manchester City Art Gallery, Works of Art from Private Collections in the North West and North Wales, 21 September-30 October 1960, no. 10.