Description

    After FRANCESCO ALBANI (Italian, 1578-1660)
    The Toilet of Venus, 18th century
    Oil on canvas
    18-1/2 x 23 inches (47.0 x 58.4 cm)

    PROVENANCE:
    Mrs. O. Chapman, New York.

    The present work is a careful early 18th-century copy after the original of 1621-33 in the Louvre, Paris (Louis XIV Collection, inv. no. 9). Albani distinguished himself as a painter of both sacred and mythological subjects, working with ease on a variety of scales from larger altarpieces and fresco decoration, to smaller cabinet paintings. Although he enjoyed the patronage of the powerful Aldobrandini family, and of Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani who was a enthusiastic supporter of Caravaggio, Albani never embraced the tenebrism popular during the period. He retained a cooler, classicizing manner evident in the present work.


    Condition Report*:

    Very good condition. Relined. Framed Dimensions 25 X 29.5 Inches

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    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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