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"Flight into Egypt"
CRE FERRI, Ciro; (Italian; 1634-1689) ATTR PIETRO DA CORTONA (Pietro Berrettini); (Italian; 1596-1669)
oil on canvas
47.0 x 33.0
63.0 x 50.0
Carved and gilded frame, French, Regence, with centre and corner ornaments, possibly 19
From the founder, William Hunter's collection, this work was bought from one of the sales of Old Masters organised by Hunter's friend Robert Strange. Strange purchased it in Italy, and it was then was attributed to the Roman Baroque painter Cortona. In his Discourses, Hunter's colleague Joshua Reynolds recommended Roman and Bolognese painters above other Italian artists, because 'they address themselves to our best and noblest faculties'. Aware that Cortona was a fresco painter - and therefore in the most exalted company as an artist - Strange stated in his catalogue entry that 'the cabinet pictures of this painter are exceedingly scarce'. The work is now attributed to Cortona's pupil and collaborator Ciro Ferri; a closely-related drawing, also having a traditional attribution to Cortona, is in the Albertina in Vienna (inv. 883). In 1772, Hunter received from Sir William Hamilton the gift of a volume of 20 early anatomical drawings by Cortona.
Bequeathed by Dr William Hunter, 1783
RELIGIOUS : CHRIST CHILD : VIRGIN MARY : ANGEL : ANIMAL : DONKEY : LANDSCAPE : FIGURE : FLIGHT : EGYPT : INFANT : STRANGE : HUNTER 2007 : NIRP2005 : NIRP2005 : ON DISPLAY :