Simone Cantarini

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Simone Cantarini
1612-1648
Venus and the Nymphs Disarming Cupid. Verso: Death of Adonis (?)
Red chalk on paper; verso: red chalk; slight sketch at lower right of a figure, in pen and brown ink.
7 15/16 x 11 3/16 inches (200 x 283 mm)
Bequest of Mrs. Ernest Ash.
1981.43

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Inscribed at upper left, in pen and dark brown ink, partially obscured by mount, "75 01 1 1L(?)"; below that, in a different hand, in pen and light brown ink, "no. 21".

Provenance: 
Dr. Curt Glaser, former Director of the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin; his widow, Maria Milch Glaser, later Mrs. Ernest Ash, New York.
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 246.

Notes: 

Another drawing by Cantarini of Venus and the Nymphs Disarming Cupid was sold at Christie's, London (South Kensington), 2 December 2014, lot 19.
Watermark: fleur-de-lis within a circle surmounted by outward facing "C" C" and cross.(cf. Heawood 1566-67). Watermark (beta radiograph), fleur-de-lis, circle, CC, cross. 141091wm_1981_43_WM_beta.tiff.

Associated names: 

Glaser, Curt, 1879-1943, former owner.
Ash, Ernest, Mrs., former owner.

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