Guglielmo Caccia MONCALVO (Montabone di Acqui 1568 - Moncalvo 1625)
Flying Putti Holding a Veil and a Crown, Another with a Censer Below
Black chalk, pen and brown ink, with touches of white heightening, on blue-green paper.244 x 300 mm. (9 5/8 x 11 3/4 in.)ENQUIRE
Although similarly playful putti are found throughout the corpus of paintings and frescoes of Moncalvo, the draughtsmanship of the present sheet is perhaps more refined and the faces of the putti more individualized than is usual for the artist. Nevertheless, somewhat comparable studies of putti may be found among the drawings by Moncalvo in the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, as well as in a drawing by the artist of putti with musical instruments on clouds, formerly in the collection of Ian Woodner and sold at auction in 1991. The facial types are also similar to a drawing by Moncalvo that was exhibited at Colnaghi in 1968 and later appeared at auction in London.
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 14 January 1987, lot 48Dr. E. Kafka, New York.