Giovanni Baglione

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Giovanni Baglione
The Martyrdom of Saint Agatha
Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk on laid paper.
5 3/16 x 3 15/16 inches (131 x 100 mm)
Purchased on the Seligman Fund.

The study is preparatory for Baglione's altarpiece of the Martydom of Saint Agatha, now in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta. There are a number of changes between the compositional sketch and the finished work, but this is fairly typical for Baglione. A number of common details -- the action of binding the saint, the semi-recumbent figure at lower left -- point to the connection between the drawing and painting, and the painting is Baglione's only work with this subject.


Inscribed in pen and black ink in a later hand at lower center: Domenich.o.

Paul Mathias Polakovits (1921-1987; see L. 3561); Sale, London, Sotheby's, 14 April 1999, lot 238; Sale, Paris, Christie's, 26 March 2014, lot 29 (bought in); purchased Sale, Paris, Artcurial, 3 June 2015, lot 18.
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Polakovits, Mathias, 1921-1987, former owner.

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