6 June 2012
Circle of Francesco Albani (Bologna 1578-1660)
The Christ Child with the Holy Dove and two putti carrying instruments of the Passion
oil on copper, oval
13 x 9¾ in. (33 x 24.8 cm.)
Art Market, Rome, by 1927, where purchased by Giuseppe Rossetto di Alessandro, by whom brought to the United States in 1929, and thence by descent.
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Worcester, Massachusetts, College of the Holy Cross, The General Art Company Permanent Exhibition of Paintings by Old Masters, 1929, no. 46, as 'Guido Reni'.
Worcester, Massachusetts, College of the Holy Cross, on loan 1929-2010.
The present composition relates to Albani's altarpiece for the Cagnoli Chapel in Santa Maria di Galliera, Bologna (1627-1632). The artist appears to have made preparatory studies for the putti on the reverse of the backing board (not illustrated).
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