Huge Important Ecclesiastical 18th Century Italian Religious Oil Painting Portrait Pope Clement XIII
- 1 Huge fine art antique original religious Italian 18th century oil painting portrait of head Catholic Roman Church Pope Clement XIII beside a cherub holding a bible inscribed 'Profert De Thesauro Suo Nova Et Vetera', bearing further Latin inscription bottom left.
- Subject portrait of Pope Clement XIII.
- Italian old master artist.
- Oil on canvas.
- Circa 1760 mid 18th century.
- With latin inscription M. ANT. IMPERIALSIS DEI CRATIA ANNO 1740 ARCHIP. CREM 1760.EP. S. SEBAST.
- The painting would have been commissioned, especially to commemorate the occasion, making it an important piece of Italian Ecclesiastical history.
- On the Sacred book that the Cherub holds has a Latin written verse from the Biblia Sacra: "Profert De Thesauro Suo Nova Et Vetera" which is from the book of Matthew, 13: 52. There is a further inscription to the bottom left of the painting, the letters pained by hand in Latin, translate to the following: The highest order issued by the grace of God from the year 1740 (referring to the date the Biblia Sacra was published) , for the Head of Priests (Pope Clement XIII) in 1760 (the year of Sebastian Maggi's beatification) , to invite all to worship the Blessed Martyr Order of Preachers, Sebastian (Sebastian Maggi O. P).
- The painting depicts Pope Clement XIII next to a Cherub. The Pope is looking directly towards the audience whilst the Cherub is holding the Biblia Sacra.
- Pope Clement XIII (Latin: Clemens XIII; 7 March 1693 – 2 February 1769), born Carlo della Torre di Rezzonico, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 6 July 1758 to his death in 1769.
- Provenance bought from a fine art auction antiques interior sale in Oxfordshire.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- Having foxing staining, various craquelure and minor paint loss also paint re touch ups in places to the painting surface. Canvas has been relined, with various noticeable scuffs, wear, chips to the frame in places commensurate with usage & old age.
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Dimensions in inches & centimetres of the frame approximate
Height to top of carved hat pediment 57.25" (145cm)
Wide 41.14" (104.5cm)