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Giuseppe Cesari, called Cavaliere d'Arpino

The Assumption of the Virgin

Property from the Estate of Nelson Shanks

Giuseppe Cesari, called Cavaliere d'Arpino

Giuseppe Cesari, called Cavaliere d'Arpino

The Assumption of the Virgin

The Assumption of the Virgin

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Property from the Estate of Nelson Shanks

Giuseppe Cesari, called Cavaliere d'Arpino

Arpino or Rome 1568 - 1640 Rome

The Assumption of the Virgin


oil on canvas

canvas: 18⅝ by 14½ in.; 47.3 by 36.8 cm.

framed: 28½ by 25 in.; 72.4 by 63.5 cm.

The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. The image reads well beneath the varnish with bright colors and textures retained. There is a fine pattern of craquelure visible throughout that is not distracting. No restoration or repairs are obvious to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, scattered retouching is visible throughout, with a concentrated area in the sky at lower center. Spots of retouching in the draperies are visible on the Virgin’s knee, in the shadows of the angel’s cloaks, and small scattered spots throughout. The painting has been well restored and can hang in its present condition. Offered in an elaboratively carved Italian 17th century giltwood frame.

Anonymous sale, Marseille, Etude de Provence, 4 November 2006, lot 113 (as Attributed to Giuseppe Cesari);
There acquired.

This small canvas dates to circa 1615-20 and is the prime version of a composition that Cesari repeated on copper a few years later. The second version was formerly at Locko Park and was sold at Sotheby's London, 6 December 1995. While in the present lot the Virgin and angels float above a distant town, in the second version they appear to rise out of a tomb. Cesari painted small works with sacred subjects influenced by icons for religious patrons.


Shortly after Nelson Shanks acquired this painting, Dr. Herwarth Röttgen confirmed its status as the autograph predecessor to the published second version.