9 July 2008
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN FAMILY (LOTS 10, 149, 236)
Antonio Zanchi (Este 1631-1722 Venice)
Jacob receiving the blessing of Isaac
oil on canvas
40½ x 51½ in. (102.9 x 130.8 cm.)
Publio Podio collection, Genoa, circa 1920s (according to an ink stamp on the reverse), from whom purchased by the father of the present owner, in the first half of the 20th century, and by descent.
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We are grateful to Professor Ugo Ruggeri for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs. He notes that it is a very beautiful and important painting and compares it to Jacob blessing Joseph's sons in the Musée d'Art et d'Industrie in Saint-Etienne and Abraham teaching the Egyptians astrology in the Church of Santa Maria del Giglio in Venice. He suggests a dating of circa 1675.
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