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Lazzaro Baldi (Pistoia ca. 1623-1703 Rome)
From the Collection of Jean Bonna
Lazzaro Baldi (Pistoia ca. 1623-1703 Rome)

The three Fates

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Lazzaro Baldi (Pistoia ca. 1623-1703 Rome)
The three Fates

black chalk, grey and black wash heightened with white
7 x 6 5/8 in. (17.9 x 16.7 cm)
Provenance
Richard Holtkott (1866-1950), Bedburg (L. 4266).
with Flavia Ormond, London (Old Master Drawings 1500-1800, New York, 1998, no. 8., ill., as Pietro da Cortona).
Literature
N. Strasser, Dessins italiens de la Renaissance au siècle des Lumières. Collection Jean Bonna, Geneva, 2010, no. 92, ill. (as circle of Pietro da Cortona).

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Baldi learned his pictorial drawing technique and figural language from Pietro da Cortona, to whom this drawing was initially attributed. Cortona painted the three fates on the ceiling of Palazzo Barberini, which Baldi certainly knew and emulated in this highly finished work, likely made to be engraved possibly for a thesis. We are grateful to Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodino' and Ursula Fischer Pace for confirming the attribution based on a digital photograph.

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