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Lot 119: 17th C. Italian Double-Sided Drawing, Old Bearded Man
07 November 2016
Louisville, CO, USA
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Europe, Italy, Baroque, ca. 1680 to 1700 CE (possibly earlier). A double-sided charcoal and chalk drawing on light brown paper depicting the head of a bearded man, one presenting the visage in 3/4 view looking toward the left, the other a frontal looking upward toward the celestial realm, both with strongly emotive expressions typical of the Baroque era. Handwritten with graphite on the lower right corner of one side - "Italian XVII C." These facial types are similar to those on extant work by Giacomo Cavedone (Italian, 1577-1660). A Cavedone drawing of a bearded man, formerly of the Horvitz collection, served as a study for the head of Saint Joseph for Cavedone's altarpiece representing the Adoration of the Magi (1614) for the church of San Paolo Maggiore in Bologna. This pair of drawings may also be compared to a group of fifty renderings of heads in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Other drawings by Cavedone of a similar type and emotive character may be found in the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cleveland Museum of Art. A wonderful pair of 17th century Italian drawings with an impressively larger-than-life spiritual presence. Size: 16.125" L x 10.25" W (41 cm x 26 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Denenberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA.
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Condition Report: Minor water stains, bending, and tears as shown. The image is still quite vivid and legible.