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A drinker

flemish school


Rome, Borghese Collection, 1833 (Inventario Fidecommissario Borghese 1833, p. 25; Della Pergola 1955). Purchased by Italian state, 1902.


Object details

Inventory
103
Location
Date
17th century
Classification
Period
Medium
oil on panel
Dimensions
cm 26 x 22
Frame

19th-century gilded polyptych, 37 x 99 x 5.4 cm

Provenance

Rome, Borghese Collection, 1833 (Inventario Fidecommissario Borghese 1833, p. 25; Della Pergola 1955). Purchased by Italian state, 1902.

Conservation and Diagnostic
  • 1998-99 Carlo Festa (cleaning)

Commentary

The provenance of this painting is still unknown. The work was in fact only first mentioned in connection with the Borghese Collection in 1833, when it was described in the Inventario Fidecommissario as a panel by an unknown artist. At some point it was ascribed to Micco Spadaro (see Della Pergola 1955), an attribution which Adolfo Venturi (1893) reluctantly accepted but which was definitively rejected by Roberto Longhi (1928). For her part, Paola della Pergola (1955) revived it, but merely as an approximation.

The panel was probably a fragment of a larger work. It was undoubtedly inspired by northern European models, as is suggested by the subject, a drinker portrayed with a flagon in his hands, with a face bordering on caricature.

Antonio Iommelli




Bibliography
  • G. Piancastelli, Catalogo dei quadri della Galleria Borghese, in Archivio Galleria Borghese, 1891, p. 447;
  • A. Venturi, Il Museo e la Galleria Borghese, Roma 1893, p. 85;
  • R. Longhi, Precisioni nelle Gallerie Italiane, I, La R. Galleria Borghese, Roma 1928, p. 186;
  • P. della Pergola, La Galleria Borghese. I Dipinti, I, Roma 1955, pp. 145-146, n. 265;
  • K. Herrmann Fiore, Galleria Borghese Roma scopre un tesoro. Dalla pinacoteca ai depositi un museo che non ha più segreti, San Giuliano Milanese 2006, p. 38.