Giovanni Battista Gaulli

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Giovanni Battista Gaulli
Allegory of Love Tamed
Pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, on paper; loose framing lines in black chalk.
8 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches (213 x 130 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 177

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As the name in the cartouche indicates, Pierre-Jean Mariette believed that this drawing was by the Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). Despite his incorrect attribution, Mariette was not too far off the mark: the drawing is by Gaulli, a pupil and close collaborator of Bernini's in Rome. Gaulli was known to have executed fresco decorations based on Bernini's inventions. Mariette described Gaulli as "the hand by which Bernini expressed in painting his new and clever ideas." In this allegory of tamed love, Cupid tramples on his bow and arrows while holding an hourglass and a small dying bird, indicating that time and poverty are capable of extinguishing love. -- Exhibition Label, from "Pierre-Jean Mariette and the Art of Collecting Drawings."
Formerly attributed to Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
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Bernini, Gian Lorenzo, 1598-1680, Formerly attributed to.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, IV, 177, repr.