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Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi (Bologna 1606-1680 Rome)
Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi (Bologna 1606-1680 Rome)

The Judgement of Midas

Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi (Bologna 1606-1680 Rome)
The Judgement of Midas
with inscription 'Gio. Fr.? Bolognese' (verso, visible through Skippe's mount)
black chalk, pen and brown ink
15½ x 10 7/8 in. (39.4 x 27.6 cm.)
John Skippe, on his characteristic mount; Christie's, London, 20-21 November 1958, lot 107B.

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After Domenichino's fresco datable 1616-18, from the Stanza di Apollo in the Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati. The detached fresco is now in the National Gallery, London (Inv. NG 6285), along with seven others from the series. Seven drawings by Domenichino related to the fresco are at Windsor (Inv. nos. RCIN 900653, 654, 673, 672 , 839, 841 and 855; J. Pope-Hennessy, The Drawings of Domenichino in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, London, 1948, nos. 1102-8). The present drawing bears A.E. Popham's attribution to Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi on the mount.

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