Vincenzo SPISANELLI (Orta Novarese 1595 - Bologna 1662)

The Entombment of Christ Sold

Pen and brown ink, extensively heightened with white and greyish oil paint, on paper washed reddish-brown.
Numbered 660 on the verso, backed.
271 x 214 mm. (10 5/8 x 8 3/8 in.)


Drawings by or attributed to Spisanelli are extremely rare, and only two sheets by the artist may be definitively related to extant paintings. A large red chalk drawing of The Conversion of Paul in the Schloss Fachsenfeld collection at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart1 is a preparatory study for Spisanelli’s painting of the subject in the church of San Domenico in Bologna. The attribution of the present sheet is based on a stylistic comparison with what seems to be the only other known preparatory drawing by the artist; a study of The Deposition in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes. The Rennes drawing - of similar medium, technique and subject to the present sheet - is a study for a small painting by Spisanelli of The Deposition known in several versions, notably one example in the Molinari Pradelli collection in Marano di Castenaso.

Another drawing attributed to Spisanelli, of comparable medium and technique, was on the art market in Paris in 2001.

Giuseppe Vallardi, Milan (Lugt 1223)
Carlo Prayer, Milan (Lugt 2044)
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 1990.


The Entombment of Christ


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