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    Sale 5232

    Old Master & British Pictures

    31 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 131

    Roman School, c. 1740

    Eight Apostles: Andrew; Matthew; James the Greater; Simon; James the Less; Philip; Thomas and Bartholomew

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    Roman School, c. 1740
    Eight Apostles: Andrew; Matthew; James the Greater; Simon; James the Less; Philip; Thomas and Bartholomew
    the second with number '3', the third with number '8', the fourth with number '7'; the fifth with number 'i2', the sixth with number '4', the seventh with number '6' (on the reverse); and each with inscription 'di Pompeo Batony' (on the reverse)
    oil on copper, unframed
    4½ x 3 5/8 in. (11.4 x 9.2 cm.)
    eight (8)


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    The present works are based upon the series of twelve sculpted apostles in the nave of St. John Lateran, Rome. Although Pope Innocent X had commissioned Borromini to restore the basilica in time for the Jubilee of 1650, the niches remained empty until 1703 when Pope Clement XI finally instructed the completion. A committee led by Carlo Fontana and Carlo Maratta were responsible for selecting the designs for the niches.
    Camillo Rosconi, the most noted of those chosen, executed four of the apostles, of which three are amongst the present group; St. Andrew, St. Matthew and St. James the Greater. Francesco Moratti was responsible for the sculpture of St. Simon. The Genoese sculptor Angelo de Rossi received the commission for the figure of St. James the Less. St. Philip, cross in hand and standing on the dragon, was executed by Giuseppe Mazzuoli. The remaining two in the present group, of St. Thomas and St. Bartholomew, are after the sculptures by Piere Legros the Younger. Legros finished the figure of St. Bartholomew, depicted with a dagger and his flayed skin, by 1718, the year in which the decoration was completed.

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    Provenance

    Acquired in Rome around mid-19th Century, and still in a 19th Century wrapping.