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Giacomo Cavedone (Sassuolo 1577-1660 Bologna)
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Giacomo Cavedone (Sassuolo 1577-1660 Bologna)

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Giacomo Cavedone (Sassuolo 1577-1660 Bologna)
The Adoration of the Shepherds
pen and black ink, brown wash, heightened with white oil paint on brown prepared paper
10 1/8 x 10 ¼ in. (25.7 x 26.2 cm)
Pierre Crozat (1665-1740), Paris; possibly sale, Paris, 10 April-13 May 1741, part of lot 564 (to Tessin).
Count Carl Gustav Tessin (1695-1770), Stockholm.
Queen Louisa Ulrika of Sweden (1720-1782), Stockholm.
Princess Sophia Albertina of Sweden (1753-1829), Stockholm.
Count Eric Stanislaus (?) Stenboeck, Stockholm.
Count Nils Barck (1820-1896), Paris and Madrid (L. 3006c, his inscription giving the above provenance and attribution ‘Giacomo Cavedone’).
with Hans Calmann, London, 1956 (according to the Landolt typescript catalogue), from whom acquired by Robert Landolt.
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A student of Ludovico and Annibale Carracci, Cavedone may have made this oil sketch on paper as a study for an altarpiece from 1613-1614 for the chapel of Isabella Arrigoni in the Bolognese church of San Paolo Maggiore, with an Adoration of the Magi as its pendant (see E. Negro and N. Roio, Giacomo Cavedone 1577-1660, Modena, 1996, nos. 41-42, ill.). Several other drawings for the same painting exist (ibid., p. 115, under no. 41).

We are grateful to Nicosetta Roio and Emilio Negro for their assistance in cataloguing this drawing.

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