Saint Joseph and the Infant Christ

Artist:
Giovanni Battista (called Baciccio) Gaulli (Italian, 1639-1709)
Date:
1660 - 1695  
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
50 x 38-1/4 in. (127 x 97.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1973.36.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View
Description

"Saint Joseph and the Infant Christ" provides a characteristic example of Baciccio's style of easel painting, which is vigorously Baroque in design and conception. The dynamic folds of drapery which envelop the figures are profoundly influenced by the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Baciccio's native Genoese traditions are evident in the dark background, the use of highly saturated, warm colors and the broad, painterly handling.

Provenance:

Cardinal Rasponi Nobili di Ravenna.
Cardinal Giuseppe Renato Imperiali, by 14 February 1737;
Marchese Lorenzo Imperiali Francavilla, Naples.
Gaetano Giardiello, Naples, sold 1831 to;
Robert Townley-Parker (1793-1879), Cuerden Hall and Astley, Lancashire, by descent to;
Reginald Arthur Tatton (1857-1926), Cuerden Hall, Lancashire, by descent to his son;
Captain Thomas Arthur Tatton, Cuerden Hall, Lancashire (sale, London, Christie’s, 28 February 1947, no. 75, as Guido Reni, to);
Landell.
[Olivero Tradardi (or Tradandi), Rome, sold 1973 for 12000 to];
[Heim Gallery, London, sold 1973 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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