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Giuseppe Cesari, Il Cavaliere D'Arpino (Arpino 1568-1640 Rome)
Giuseppe Cesari, Il Cavaliere D'Arpino (Arpino 1568-1640 Rome)
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Giuseppe Cesari, Il Cavaliere D'Arpino (Arpino 1568-1640 Rome)

Studies of three heads (recto); Fragmentary study (verso)

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Giuseppe Cesari, Il Cavaliere D'Arpino (Arpino 1568-1640 Rome)
Studies of three heads (recto); Fragmentary study (verso)
with number '201.'
black chalk
3 5/8 x 3 ¼ in. (9 x 8.3 cm); together with
Italian School, 17th Century, A putto, black and red chalk on blue paper

(2)
Provenance
(i): Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 15 April 1980, part of lot 69 (from an album, probably compiled in the 17th Century).
(ii): Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 20 April 1993, lot 23.
Literature
(i) N. Strasser, Dessins italiens de la Renaissance au siècle des Lumières. Collection Jean Bonna, Geneva, 2010, no. 75, ill.
M.S. Bolzoni, Il Cavaliere Giuseppe Cesari d'Arpino. Maestro del disegno. Catalogo ragionato dell'opera grafica, Rome, 2013, no. B25 (as circle or workshop of Arpino).
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Lot Essay

Lively sketched in black chalk, the present sheet was originally part of an album of drawings assembled in the 17th Century and dispersed in these Rooms in 1980. In the sale catalogue, Herwarth Röttgen argued that this drawing and its companion portraying a young princess with an attendant (sold in the same lot in 1980) were drawn ad vivum by Cesari in Ferrara during the 1598 double wedding celebrations of King Philip III of Spain with Margaret of Austria and Archduke Albert of Austria with Isabella, daughter of King Philip II. The marriages were officiated by Pope Clement VIII, and Cesari followed his most important patron to Ferrara together with a group of artists from Rome, Giovanni Guerra, Ludovico Lanzi, Paolo Monferrato and the sculptor Ludovico Lanzi (B. Mitchell, 1598: a Year of Pageantry in Late Renaissance Ferrara, London, 1990, p. 61).

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