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Dealer attribution to first half of 17th century;
Nicholas Turner, British Museum (letter in file 31 Jan. 1985): based on fresco by Pietro da Cortona in Palazzo Pitti, Florence. Suggests this is a copy with variations, to be used in another context. Possibly Carlo Maratta or one f his followers. Vigorously negates Prof. Dwight Miller's (Stanford) suggestion of Canini; Professor Alfred Moir, U.C. Santa Barbara, verbally to RFJ: (Dec. 1993): Artistic close to Carlo Maratta;
Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Art Trust Fund, Bruno and Sadie Adriani, and Mrs. Marshall Hale Fisher Funds
FAMSF, CPLH: Recent Aquisitions of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts: Part I, 1500-1940, 12 Jan - 17 March, 1985;
FAMSF, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum: Italian Old Master Drawings from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 2 Feb - 24 April 1994;
Note that there are extensive files in the WRPCL on this work which received extensive work shortly after its acquisition;
CPLH, 20 years of collecting: Director's Choice, 17 June - 13 Sept 1987.
CPLH, The First Fifty Years, Celebrating the AFGA, 1948 - 1998, 18 April - 5 July 1998.
flying horizontal figure seen from the rear, with winged helmet