A copper by Ludovico Carracci acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago

Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619)
The Vision of Saint Francis, 1602-1604
Oil on copper - 37.2 x 28.6 cm
Chicago, Art Institute
Photo : Art Institute of Chicago

11/12/10 – Acquisition – Chicago, Art Institute – Auctioned off at Christie’s New York on 27 January 2010 for $ 842.500 (including charges), a small copper painting by Ludovico Carracci representing The Vision of Saint Francis (ill. 1 has just been acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago which declined to disclose the name of the gallery where it was purchased.

There exists another version of the same subject by Ludovico Carracci, in a much larger format, painted on canvas around 1584 which belongs to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam ; this painting is currently on deposit at the National Gallery in London. The subject was also represented by Annibale Carracci on copper, a work held in Ottawa.
Ludovico painted only about fifteen works on copper, a support which was often used by artists of the Bolognese school. The one just purchased by Chicago was formerly dated around 1585-1590, but the artist’s current specialist, Alessandro Brogi, now has given it a later date, around 1602-1604. This is the first painting by Ludovico Carracci to join the collections at the Art Institute of Chicago.

A special-study exhibition highlighting this new acquisition is being held at the museum from 18 November 2010 to 18 February 2011.

Didier Rykner, samedi 11 décembre 2010

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