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Allegoria della Carita’

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Arte Barocca

Oil on canvas

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good

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Free

Catalogue Raisonné

Price

Expertise

€ 110,000.00

Description

The painting, originating from a noble Roman family, has been studied by Maurizio Marini, who attributes it as an early work by Elisabetta Sirani. Marini mentions, "Interesting documentary traces exist for another rendition of Reni's 'Carita,'' now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which remains currently untraceable." The biographer Carlo Cesare Malvasia recalls a "Carita" by Reni in Palazzo Barberini alle Quattro Fontane in Rome, which, according to him, had previously been in Bologna with the nobles Bolognetti. This subject is indeed mentioned in the Barberini house in an inventory from 1649 and others from 1658-1672 (Prince Maffeo) and 1686. In subsequent inventories, the painting disappears, while a "Carita" attributed to Elisabetta Sirani appears (1738-40; 1812; 1871, Sciara collection, Barberini heirs). Since it's unlikely that Malvasia confused the hand of Reni with that of Sirani, the hypothesis that the two paintings were different, and the original left Palazzo Barberini in the 18th century, seems plausible. However, it doesn't exclude the possibility of a copy by Sirani replacing the original Reni prototype.

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