Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-1734 Venice) The Holy Family

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Lot 37
Sebastiano Ricci
(Belluno 1659-1734 Venice)
The Holy Family

£ 60,000 - 80,000US$ 76,000 - 100,000
Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-1734 Venice)
The Holy Family
oil on canvas
76.9 x 91.1cm (30 1/4 x 35 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sale, Christie's, London, 28 April 1972, lot 89 (the property of a gentleman, as 'S.Ricci'), where purchased by the present owner

    Literature
    J. Daniels, Sebastiano Ricci, Hove, 1976, p. 60, cat. no. 181, ill., fig. 25
    J. Daniels, L'opera completa di Sebastiano Ricci, Milan, 1976, pp. 117-118, cat. no. 330, ill.
    A. Scarpa, Sebastiano Ricci, 1659-1734, Milan, 2006, p.208, cat. no. 187, p. 539, ill., pl. 395

    The present painting is seemingly the sole extant version of a subject often treated by Ricci which depicts only the three main members of the Holy Family. It would appear to be a Nativity rather than, for example, a Rest on the Flight, since the straw and woodwork in the foreground imply a manger. The pose of the Madonna, particularly the hands, suggest a comparison with the Louvre Triumph of Wisdom, painted by Ricci just before 1718 as his Morceau de Réception for the Académie Royale, and a similar dating has been proposed for this work.
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