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    Sale 7448

    Old Master and British Pictures

    7 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 164

    Studio of Viviano Codazzi (Bergamo c. 1604-1670 Rome) and Domenico Gargiulo, called Micco Spadaro (Naples 1612-1679)

    Figures conversing amongst classical colonnades

    Price Realised  

    Studio of Viviano Codazzi (Bergamo c. 1604-1670 Rome) and Domenico Gargiulo, called Micco Spadaro (Naples 1612-1679)
    Figures conversing amongst classical colonnades
    oil on canvas, octagonal
    26¾ x 32 in. (68 x 81.3 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    Professor David Marshall dates the present works to circa 1641, on the basis of transparencies, by virtue of the stylistic affinities they share with a dated work of that year by Codazzi and Gargiulo, formerly with the Matthiesen Gallery, London (D.R. Marshall, Viviano and Niccolò Codazzi and the Baroque Architectural Fantasy, Milan, 1993, pp. 99-100, no. VC23). While he accepts the attribution to Gargiulo for the figures, he has expressed reservations about Codazzi's authorship, noting that certain eccentricities such as the masks on the keystones and the rosettes on the arches point more towards one of Codazzi's Neapolitan followers, or an artist influenced by François de Nomé.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that Professor Riccardo Lattuada has proposed that these pictures are by Ascanio Luciano (d. Naples 1706).


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