Antonio Maria Viani

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Antonio Maria Viani
ca. 1555-1629
Design for a Ceiling with the Trinity Adored by the Virgin and St. John the Baptist, Surrounded by Angels Carrying the Instruments of the Passion
Black and red chalk, pen and brown ink, with white opaque watercolor, on blue laid paper; squared in graphite and red chalk.
15 15/16 x 21 3/8 inches (403 x 544 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Francis Kettaneh.

Watermark: none
Although attributed to the Emilian painter Giovanni Battista Tinti when acquired, this drawing was subsequently recognized by Mario di Giampaolo and Marco Tanzi as a study by Viani for frescoes in the Duomo of Mantua. Other drawings probably for the same project include a Study of Musical Angels in a private collection, a Holy Trinity in the Louvre (inv. 12593), a study of angels with the symbols of the passion in the Winnipeg Art Gallery (G-66-102), and a drawing sold at Koller Auctions, Zurich, 1 October 2021, lot 3404.

Sale, Paris, Drouot, 30 March 1984, lot 17; Kate de Rothschild, London; Mia Weiner, New York
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Tinti, Giovanni Battista, 1558-1604, Formerly attributed to.


Twenty-first report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986 / edited by Charles Ryskamp. New York : The Library, 1989, p. 384.

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