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    Sale 2135

    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    A BRONZE GROUP OF VENUS AND A CUPID

    AFTER DANESE CATTANEO, VENETIAN, POSSIBLY THE WORKSHOP OF NICCOLO ROCCATAGLIATA (ACTIVE 1593-1636), LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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    A BRONZE GROUP OF VENUS AND A CUPID
    AFTER DANESE CATTANEO, VENETIAN, POSSIBLY THE WORKSHOP OF NICCOLO ROCCATAGLIATA (ACTIVE 1593-1636), LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    Depicted holding an apple in her left hand and gesturing to her left and a putto at her feet with a right raised hand, on a later ebonized base
    16½ in. (42 cm.) high; 20 in. (53½ cm.) high (overall)
    TRUESDELL COLLECTION


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    This group of Venus and Cupid unites Dr. Truesdell's interest in the history of collecting with his fascination for late-Renaissance bronzes themselves, with its traceable provenance stretching back at least to the storied von Kaufmann collection catalogued by Wilhelm von Bode, in Berlin. It is described as a 'Stehende Venus mit Amor' and 'Diente wohl as Bekrönung eines Kaminbocks; von einem Meister aus der Nachfolger des Alessandro Vittoria...' As Anthony Radcliffe notes, this bronze appears to come very close to the work of Niccolò Roccatagliata (correspondence between Radcliffe and Professor Truesdell, 7 April 1975). The pose of this bronze was a popular one among Venetian sculptors in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and was produced, with variations, in the workshops of Vittoria, Campagna, Aspetti and Roccatagliata.

    The model upon which the bronze offered here is based has, on the basis of stylistic comparisons, been attributed by Weihrauch to the Paduan artist Danese Cattaneo (circa 1510-72). He illustrates one such example in his seminal work Europäische Bronzestatuetten, that can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago and goes on to mention two other examples in Cleveland and Reichenberg (Weihrauch, loc. cit.).

    Provenance

    (Possibly) Oscar Hainauer, Berlin.
    Richard von Kaufmann, Berlin, 1917.
    with Cyril Humphris, London, 24 November 1965.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Professor and Mrs. Clifford Ambrose Truesdell


    Literature

    W. von Bode, Die Sammlung Richard von Kaufmann: Die Bildwerke, III, Berlin, 1917, no. 231, ill. 15.

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
    H. R. Weihrauch, Europäische Bronzestatuetten, Braunschweig, 1967, p. 143, fig. 164.
    W. Timofiewitsch, Girolamo Campagna-Studien zur venezanische Plastik um des Jahr 1600, Munich, 1972, pp. 246-61, no. 5, figs. 34-37.
    A. Augusti, et al., Donatello e il suo tempo - il bronzetto a Padova nel Quattrocento e nel Cinquecento, exhibition catalogue, Padua, 2001, pp. 301-13.