CAVALIERE D'ARPINO (GIUSEPPE CESARI)
THE HOLY FAMILY WITH SAINT ANTONY OF PADUA AND AN ANGEL
Attribution established by V.E.Markova.
Giuseppe Cesari, a prominent representative of late Mannerism, known as the Cavaliere d' Arpino, was one of the key figures in Roman painting of the late 16th and early-17th-centuries. His nickname points to the fact that the artist was born in Arpino, a small town south of Rome and the title of knight of the Order of St. Michael had been conferred on him by Ludovico XIII.
A copy of the picture in the Pushkin Museum was published by Röttgen (2002).
Provenance: in the collection of P.V.Delarov (St. Petersburg) at the beginning of the 20th century; later in the collection of Academician I.I.Meshchaninov (Leningrad); acquired by the Pushkin Museum from E.V.Puzitskii (Leningrad) 1987.