Marco D'Oggiono (1470-1549) (After) - Infant Christ & Saint John Embracing

Marco D'Oggiono (1470-1549) (After) - Infant Christ & Saint John Embracing
Oil on canvas - Not signed - XVII cent.

Offered for sale as part of an important collection of old master paintings and drawings - the 17th century oil on canvas depicting holy infants Christ and Saint John embracing, after Marco D'Oggiono (1470-1549), a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci. Canvas reclined around 1850.

The subject of this painting is the meeting and embrace of the infant Christ and Saint John the Baptist on Christ's return from Egypt. The naked infants are seated on the ground embracing; the slightly larger and more demonstrative child on the right is presumably the Baptist. Behind them is a cluster of rocks/mountain with fortress buildings.

The original composition is thought to be the invention of Leonardo da Vinci, although no paintings by him of the children alone can be traced. It may be that the idea was only ever expressed as a drawing. The motif can be found in a sheet of studies by Leonardo, of which there is a replica at Windsor; the group (in reverse) appears to have been drawn in the 1490s, presumably in Milan. The anatomical accuracy of the figures is impressive, and presupposes the dissection of children.

The dark colouring, simplified forms, fine botanical details and distinctive cloud-shapes seen here are typical of the work of Marco d'Oggiono and can also be found in his signed altarpiece The Three Archangels (Brera, Milan). Born near Lake Como c. 1475-7, he is probably the Marco recorded by Leonardo, 7 September 1490, living with him at Milan. The subject appears again in a painting by Bedoli in the Royal Collection (RCIN 401367).

Provenance: an important private collection of old masters and drawings - London, United Kingdom.

Dimensions: (unframed) 73.65 x 58.45cm.

This artwork will be sent tracked and signed for internationally via UPS, at the seller's cost.

Lot details
Marco D'Oggiono (1470-1549) (After)
Title of artwork
Infant Christ & Saint John Embracing
1700 and before
XVII cent.
Oil on canvas
Not signed
Total dimensions
73.65×58.45×1.5 cm
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