Colnaghi returns to TEFAF Maastricht in 2019 with an outstanding group of master paintings and sculptures, together with a notable selection of ancient art.
Of the paintings, there are several significant examples from the Baroque period, a field in which Colnaghi has been a leading dealership over the past few years. They include two striking examples of Neapolitan Caravaggism in the form of Filippo Vitale’s Judith and Holofernes and Mattia Preti’s exceptional Return of the Prodigal Son, once in the collection the Infante Gabriel Sebastián de Borbón. Other significant Baroque paintings with noble provenance will be exhibited, including Giovanni Martinelli’s Death Comes to the Table, once in the Corsi Salviati Collection, and Anthony Van Dyck’s youthful masterpiece Saint Peter Penitent, owned by the Marqués de Moscoso since at least the late-18th century. The Spanish Baroque will be well-represented too, with two paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán, not least his Virgin with Sleeping Child, signed and dated 1659, and a Saint John the Baptist by Mateo Cerezo.
Colnaghi will continue to promote both Italian sculpture and Spanish polychrome sculpture, with leading highlights in these fields being, respectively, Gelfino Calegari’s pair of marbles depicting Democritus and Heraclitus, from the Villa Fenaroli, and Juan de Mesa’s dynamic Saint Joseph of the early 1620s. For ancient art, Colnaghi will exhibit a pair of exceptionally rare, almost life-size statues of the Goddess Flora and of a Camillus from the 2nd to 3rd century AD, completed with later 16th century additions and restorations, which have been shown together in the same important Ducal collection for over 400 years.