Giovanni BILIVERT (Florence 1585 - Florence 1644)

The Archangel Raphael Refusing Tobias’s Gift Sold

Red chalk and red wash.
Inscribed Antonio Bilivelti figlio d’un Tedesco, impario dal Cigoli in Firenze; ebbe maniera assai morbida, bel co= / lore, Grazia, Grandezza e nobili paneggiamonti. Orlandi MI on the verso.
393 x 278 mm. (15 1/2 x 11 in.)

ACQUIRED BY THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES.

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This large drawing, in excellent condition, is a study for Bilivert’s painting of The Archangel Gabriel Refusing Tobias’s Gifts, one of the artist’s best-known works. Completed in 1622, the painting is today in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence.

Provenance:
Jonathan Richardson, Jnr., London (Lugt 2170)
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 21 May 1963, lot 73
Charles F. Slatkin Gallery, New York
Acquired from them by the Ford Foundation in May 1966
The Ford Foundation, New York.

Literature:
Christel Thiem, Florentiner Zeichner des Frühbarock, Munich, 1977, p.326, no.86, pl.86.

Giovanni BILIVERT

The Archangel Raphael Refusing Tobias’s Gift

A1192

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