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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 135

    Giuseppe Maria Crespi, called lo Spagnuolo (Bologna 1665-1747)

    Bacchus and Ariadne

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    Estimate

    Giuseppe Maria Crespi, called lo Spagnuolo (Bologna 1665-1747)
    Bacchus and Ariadne
    oil on canvas
    37¾ x 30 in. (95.9 x 76.2 cm.)


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    Mira Pajes Merriman (loc. cit.) dates this large nocturnal scene to c. 1730, noting that it relates stylistically to a group of paintings from this period including Jupiter among the Corybantes (formerly in the Thesiger collection, London) and two Pastoral Scenes in the Longhi collection, Florence. She further notes that the Drunken Silenus group at right develops an earlier composition by Crespi of c. 1690-95 in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna. The attribution to Giuseppe Maria Crespi was confirmed by Roberto Longhi and Francesco Arcangeli at the time of the 1964 exhibition at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.

    Provenance

    (Possibly) Marchese Santi, Parma.
    with Giovanni Salocchi, Florence, c. 1959-60 (according to a notice in the Fototeca Fondazione Federico Zeri).
    Acquired by the Countess Nadia de Navarro, Glen Head, New York, prior to 1964.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the canvas is lined.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THE COUNTESS NADIA DE NAVARRO


    Literature

    (Possibly) G. Zanotti, Storia dell'Accademia Clementina di Bologna, Bologna, 1739, II, p. 62.
    (Possibly) L. Crespi, La certosa di Bologna descritta nelle sue pitture, Bologna, 1769, 216.
    M.P. Merriman, Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Milan, 1980, p. 279, no. 155.


    Exhibited

    Milan, Palazzo Reale, Arte Europea da una Collezione Americana, March-April 1964, no. 21 (catalogue by R. De Grada).