26 October 2016
Genoese School, c. 1700
The Birth of the Virgin
oil on canvas, unframed
13 ½ x 21 3/8 in. (34.3 x 54.3 cm.)
Brouet collection, by 1802 (according to an inscription on the reverse).
Private collection, Virginia, until 2014.
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We are grateful to Professor Nicola Spinosa, who notes the similarity of the present painting to the work of both Domenico Piola and Gregorio de' Ferrari (written correspondence, 1 August 2016).
We are grateful to Dr. Mary Newcome-Schleier, who has suggested that the present canvas is an early work by Lorenzo de’ Ferrari (1680-1744) on the basis of firsthand inspection.
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