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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 183

    Studio of Pompeo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome)

    The Madonna

    Estimate

    Studio of Pompeo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome)
    The Madonna
    oil on canvas
    17 1/8 x 13 in. (43.5 x 33.1 cm.)
    in an eighteenth-century Maratta frame


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    This bust-length Madonna repeats the composition by Batoni recorded as being in a private collection in Forlì (see A. M. Clark, Pompeo Batoni, A complete catalogue of his works, New York, 1985, p. 223, no. 50). It was not uncommon for Batoni and his studio to produce replicas of his most popular compositions and those of other great masters: he made versions of portraits that he painted for Grand Tourists and was commissioned to make copies after Guido Reni, Raphael and Carracci. Though he was much in demand as a portrait painter, it was his religious and historical pictures that generally fetched higher prices (see E.P. Bowron and P.B. Kerber (eds.), Pompeo Batoni: Prince of Painters in Eighteenth-century Rome, London, 2007, pp. 173-175).

    Literature

    E. Peters Brown, Pompeo Batoni. A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London, 2016, I, p. 48, under no. 41.