An exhibition of 17th and 18th century Roman paintings at the Tarantino gallery


1. Simon Vouet (1590-1649)
The Apotheosis of Saint Francis de Paule, c. 1626
Oil on canvas - 42 x 32 cm
Paris, Galerie Tarantino
Photo : Galerie Tarantino

21/3/11 – Art market – Paris – A very beautiful exhibition is taking place until 21 April at the Tarantino gallery presenting an assembly, no easy task, of many paintings and drawings around a specific theme : Baroque art in Rome from 1600 to around 1750. As at the Grand Palais, in the remarkable exhibition on Roman landscapes in the 17th century (which we will soon discuss here), in which one of the first works in the catalogue, The Flight into Egypt by Annibale Carracci, was not able to travel, a Giovanni Lanfranco, The Virgin with Child and Saints Anthony Abbot and James the Elder which the dealer had already sold, was finally not lent by its owner. Although it will be missed, other important names can be found, for instance Simon Vouet with a study featuring The Apotheosis of Saint Francis de Paule (ill. 1), displayed in Nantes during the exhibition on Vouet’s Roman years (see article), and Charles Le Brun with a magnificent Holy Family produced in Paris shortly after he returned from Rome, in a style still reflecting the Eternal City and Nicolas Poussin’s art.


2. Guillaume Courtois (1626-1679)
The Trinity
Oil on canvas - 99 x 74.5 cm
Paris, Galerie Tarantino
Photo : Galerie Tarantino



3. Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775)
The Virgin Queen Gives the Scapular to saint Simon Stock
with saint Peter Thomas,
saint Andrew Corsini and another Saint

Oil on canvas - 65 x 37 cm
Paris, Galerie Tarantino
Photo : Galerie Tarantino

Some painters have several works here. Thus, there are three canvases by Guillaume Courtois. One of these, Moses and the Bronze Serpent, a very delicate work similar to a study, is prepared by a drawing held in Stockholm and recently identified by Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnée. Another one, in a classical style, dating from the painter’s late period was already, but not included in the catalogue, in a previous exhibition at the gallery (see article). We reproduce the third one here, a very Baroque Trinity (ill. 2) for which there are at least two known overall drawings, one of which, very accomplished, resides at the National Gallery in Washington.
Three drawings by Ciro Ferri, a canvas by Giuseppe Nicola Nalsini and a very beautiful sheet by Lazzaro Baldi all reflect Pietro da Cortona’s influence. A pen and brown ink drawing, considered anonymous in an Italian auction, was attributed by Antoine Tarantino to Baciccio. Several unedited works identified by the gallery owner, often due to rare or unknown artists, are published for the first time here. This is the case, notably, for a probable modello for an altarpiece (whereabouts unknown) by the Polish artist, Szymon Czechowicz (ill. 3) and Saint Paul Preaching by Girolamo Pesci. Two painted studies by Giuseppi Passeri (ill. 4 and 5) are also noteworthy discoveries.


4. Giuseppe Passeri (1654-1714)
The Trinity with saint Augustine and saint Clare, 1707-1714
Oil on canvas - 67 x 57 cm
Paris, Galerie Tarantino
Photo : Galerie Tarantino

5. Giuseppe Passeri (1654-1714)
The Assumption with Saint Ursula
Saint Clare and saint Catherine of Alexandria
, 1707-1714
Oil on canvas - 67 x 57 cm
Paris, Galerie Tarantino
Photo : Galerie Tarantino


All of these paintings reflect what might be called the “Lemme taste”, coined after Fabrizio Lemme, collector and donor to the Louvre, who in fact has written the preface to the catalogue. We would like to point out the quality of the publication which invited several French and Italian specialists to contribute extensive entries. Once again, we see that the art market can also help to further knowledge of art history.

Peindre à Rome, from 16 March to 21 April 2011, Galerie Tarantino, 38 rue Saint Georges, 75009 Paris. Tel : 01 40 16 24 38. Catalogue available.

Gallery website.


Didier Rykner, lundi 21 mars 2011



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