24 April 2009
Sebastiano Conca (Gaeta 1680-1764 Naples)
The Madonna and Child releasing Souls from Purgatory: a bozzetto
inscribed and dated 'Questo [...] stato regalato al Sig.r D· Dom·co Guastaferro dal Sig. Cav:r Seb:no Conca ed è stato fatto dal medemo [...] Lug· 1748 Ed è il bozzetto fatto per il quadro della Cong·ne della Morte' (on the reverse of the unlined canvas)
oil on canvas, unlined
18½ x 12 in. (47 x 30.5 cm.)
with an unidentified armorial red-wax seal on the reverse of the unlined canvas
Presented by the artist to Signor D. Domenico Guastaferro, July 1748 (according to the inscription on the reverse of the unlined canvas).
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This bozzetto relates to an altarpiece (180 x 112 cm., Gaeta, Museo Diocesano) for which Conca received payment on 3 January 1750 (see G. Sestieri in Sebastiano Conca (1680-1764), Gaeta, 1981, pp. 306-7, no. 111).
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