Apollo
Anònim, escola bolonyesa (segles XVII-XVIII)
Technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 69 x 99 cm
Date: Segles XVII-XVIII
Generic classification: Paint
General inventari: 301
Location: Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi
Notes:
Inscribed: On back of canvas, on label of the Academy, in ink: “Num. ant. (...)/ Num. mod. 328/ Orfeo/ Escuela de Guercino’, on another label of the Academy, in ink: “Núm. 13’. Provenance: Purchased as a Guercino by the Junta de Comerç at the suggestion of Pasqual-Pere Moles, together with a Magdalene by Lanfranco; it passed to the Junta de Comerç. Came to the Academy's Museum: 1789. Restaurations: restored by Asturiol workshop in 1978. Restored by Balaguer & Grau workshop inl 1999. Exhibitions: Pamplona-Vitoria-Bilbao-Madrid, RACBASJ. Exposición antológica de pintura, 2000, núm. 13. EXPO. ACADÈMIA 2000. EXPO. Mª LUISA DE ORLEANS 2003. Note: This work was one of the most praised acquisitions of the Escola de Llotja of the time. It was acquired as an Apollo (not surprising owing to the attributes with which the figure is depicted: the musical instrument, the quiver and the arrows) and attributed to Guercino. This is how it appears until the Catàleg de 1847, when the work began to fall into oblivion until in the Càtaleg de 1866 it was entitled Orfeu and credited to the "escola de Guercino". In 1932 it went on loan to the Comissió Provincial de Monuments Històrics i Artístics de Barcelona (bearing number 13 in the list of works on loan) from where it was recovered years later. When consulting on this painting Sir Denis Mahon, the greatest expert in Guercino's works, in March 1995, he considered it to be of good quality but not by the hand of the painter.
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