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The Adoration of the Magi

Pietro Paolo Baldini1639/1640

National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool
United Kingdom

The drawing appears to be a finished study for an altarpiece in the church of S. Eligio degli Orefici in Rome. The altarpiece was painted in 1639-40, in reverse and with some changes, by Baldini's contemporary and colleague Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (ca.1610-1662). The number of pentimenti and other alterations to the second king's right hand would suggest that the drawing is an original by Baldini and not a copy with variants by him from an unknown print after Romanelli's painting. The paper appears to have faded from its original blue.

Details

  • Title: The Adoration of the Magi
  • Creator: Pietro Paolo Baldini
  • Creator Lifespan: 1614? - 1684?
  • Date Created: 1639/1640
  • Location Created: Italy, Rome
  • Physical Dimensions: 39.7 cm x 27 cm
  • Rights: Purchased from the Trustees of the Weld Heirlooms Settlement with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, Sir Denis Mahon and British Nuclear Fuels in 1995
  • Medium: Grey paper; Brown ink; Black chalk; Brown wash; Heightened with white

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