Saint John Nepomucen in front of the King Wenceslas IV
De Matteis, Paolo [Piano del Cilento, 1662 - Nàpols, 1728]
Technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 293 x 173 cm
Date: 1710
Generic classification: Paint
General inventari: 898
Location: National Museum of Art of Catalonia
Notes:
Signature: “San Juan Nepomuceno por Paolo Dematei/ firmado: 1710 Nápoles” (on back of stretcher on old label). Inscriptions: “56” (to ink, remnants of old bracket attached to the frame. It was not specified in the 1999 catalog). Provenance: Museum of the former Junta de Comerç. Restaurations: restored by the MNAC in July 2015. Documentation: Biblioteca de Catalunya, Arxiu Junta de Comerç, XCV, 1, 11 verso (as Francesc Tramulles). Bibliography: BARRAQUER, II, p. 554; AINAUD/GUDIOL/VERRIÉ, p. 231; DE DOMINICI 2003. CATÀLEGS 1866, 1867 i c. 1872, núm. 56; CATÀLEG 1999, p. 38 (reprod.). Photography: 37418 (Arxiu Fotogràfic of Museus). Observations: work deposited in the Provincial Museum of Barcelona in 1902, where it became the Art Museum of Barcelona in 1906 with the inventory number 5672; It is now in the MNAC (2015: book MNAC). While it is attributed to De Matteis, there may be a related sketch, with some variations, it is preserved in the Staatsgemäldesammlungen Munich and probably also with the painting of the same subject painted by De Matteis to Joseph I of Austria copy, according to Dominici (data provided by Rafael Cornudella). In ancient cataloging there are another painting, now in an unknown location, called San Juan Nepomuceno, attributed to Francesc Tramulles (CATALOGUE 1847, No. 223; INVENTORY 1851, No. 223), which would come (1835) of Trinitaris Calçats of Barcelona (AINAUD / GUDIOL / Verrié, p 231, give it as effectively from the Trinitaris Calçats, Nostra Senyora de la Bona Nova); nevertheless it knows (CATALOGUE 1913, no. 283) that this average work 110 x 80 cm. The 1837 catalog also mentions (p. 38), saying in an anteroom adjacent to the hall of the School had seven paintings of the life of San Francisco de Viladomat a "before a San Juan Nepomuceno, original tyrant Tramulles" , Eulalia holy martyrdom and the Marriage of the Virgin, both of unknown author (see also BARRAQUER, II, p. 554, and Library of Catalonia Archive Board of Trade, XCV, 1, verse 11).
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