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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 195

    Michele Rocca (Parma c.1666-c.1751 Venice?)

    David and Bathsheba

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Michele Rocca (Parma c.1666-c.1751 Venice?)
    David and Bathsheba
    oil on canvas, in a painted oval
    18½ x 15¼ in. (47.5 x 37.7 cm.)


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    Rocca's birth in Parma is recorded by Nicola Pio in his Vite of 1724. In 1682 Rocca journeyed to Rome, where he was a pupil of Ciro Ferri, returning for further study to Parma, where he concentrated on the paintings of Correggio. He is recorded as being in Parma in 1687 but had returned to Rome by 1695.

    The present work is typical of the artist's mature style with its luminosity and rich palette. The sensual treatment of the subject, which can be compared to his depiction of the Toilet of Venus (G. Sestieri, Repertorio della pittura romana della fine del Seicento e del Settecento, Torino, 1994, I, p. 161, III, fig. 991), reveals the strong influence of the emerging French Rococo.

    We are grateful to Professor Giancarlo Sestieri for confirming the attribution, on the basis of a photograph.

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    Provenance

    with Colnaghi, London.
    with Agnew's, London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE LORD AND LADY ILLIFFE OF BASILDON PARK (LOT 195)