Attributed to Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo (Voltri 1584-1638 Genoa)
The Presentation in the Temple oil on unlined canvas, octagonal, the corners added 161 x 138cm (63 3/8 x 54 5/16in). unframed
LITERATURE: M. Newcome, 'Ansaldo Revisited', Paragone, July 1987, no. 449, pp. 65-66, pl. 52
In Mary Newcome's article she suggests that the present painting may be attributed to Ansaldo and is stylistically earlier than 1615. She believes it to be derivative of Orazio Cambiaso and other mannerist painters (Pietro Sorri, Ottavio Ghissoni, Camillo Procaccini and Pordenone) and that the composition and figure style show his early interest and skill for arranging pictorial figures and detailed still life in an architectural framework. As Newcome remarks, these aspects (small facial features rendered in sfumato, broad draperies with chiselled contours, strong lighting, and ornamental details and metallic objects meticulously described) were developed further by Ansaldo and would be influential for his students, Gioacchino Assereto and Orazio de Ferrari (op. cit. pp. 65-66).