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Čís. položky 13


Pietro Liberi


Pietro Liberi - Obrazy starých mistrů

(Padua 1605–1687 Venice)
Allegory of Fortitude and Temperance,
oil on canvas, 98 x 107.4 cm, framed

We are grateful to Ugo Ruggeri for confirming the attribution on the basis of a high resolution digital photograph (written communication).

The present painting, showing a woman with a lion and a putto, can be interpreted as Allegory of Fortitude and Temperance. It betrays stylistic similarities to the painting Virtue Defending Innocence against Vice in Palazzo Algiardi in Bergamo, in which a similar lion is depicted.

Pietro Liberi initially studied under Alessandro Varotari, Il Padovanino, in Venice. He travelled to Constantinople, Tunis, and many European countries. In Rome he copied Michelangelo’s and Raphael’s frescoes and also came under the influence of Gianlorenzo Bernini. His early works, such as his Rape of the Sabine Women in Siena, reflect his Roman experience.
He received his first official commission in Venice in 1650, when he painted Saint Mary Magdalene at the Foot of the Cross for SS. Giovanni e Paolo. He combined Baroque compositions with the bright colours of Paolo Veronese. In 1652 he and Domenico Bruni executed the frescoes in the Villa Negrelli in Stra. The two central scenes, Allegory of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Allegory of War and Peace, display the originality of Liberi’s style and are early examples of the artist’s erotic and sensual subjects, such as shown in the present painting, which were highly regarded and requested by contemporary collectors.

21.10.2014 - 18:00

Odhadní cena:
EUR 50.000,- do EUR 70.000,-

Pietro Liberi


(Padua 1605–1687 Venice)
Allegory of Fortitude and Temperance,
oil on canvas, 98 x 107.4 cm, framed

We are grateful to Ugo Ruggeri for confirming the attribution on the basis of a high resolution digital photograph (written communication).

The present painting, showing a woman with a lion and a putto, can be interpreted as Allegory of Fortitude and Temperance. It betrays stylistic similarities to the painting Virtue Defending Innocence against Vice in Palazzo Algiardi in Bergamo, in which a similar lion is depicted.

Pietro Liberi initially studied under Alessandro Varotari, Il Padovanino, in Venice. He travelled to Constantinople, Tunis, and many European countries. In Rome he copied Michelangelo’s and Raphael’s frescoes and also came under the influence of Gianlorenzo Bernini. His early works, such as his Rape of the Sabine Women in Siena, reflect his Roman experience.
He received his first official commission in Venice in 1650, when he painted Saint Mary Magdalene at the Foot of the Cross for SS. Giovanni e Paolo. He combined Baroque compositions with the bright colours of Paolo Veronese. In 1652 he and Domenico Bruni executed the frescoes in the Villa Negrelli in Stra. The two central scenes, Allegory of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Allegory of War and Peace, display the originality of Liberi’s style and are early examples of the artist’s erotic and sensual subjects, such as shown in the present painting, which were highly regarded and requested by contemporary collectors.


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+43 1 515 60 403
Aukce: Obrazy starých mistrů
Datum: 21.10.2014 - 18:00
Místo konání aukce: Vídeň | Palais Dorotheum
Prohlídka: 11.10. - 21.10.2014