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Giuseppe Cades

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Appearance of Saint Peter to Saints Lucy and Agatha

18th century
28.1 cm x 15.08 cm (11 1/16 in. x 5 15/16 in.)

Giuseppe Cades (aka J Cedes Romain, Joseph Cades, Josephine Cades) (Rome, 1750 - 1799) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash over black chalk on cream antique laid paper, laid down on faded blue antique laid paper
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.941

Individualistic, largely self-taught, and indifferent to the prevailing currents, Cades was the most original painter in late 18th-century Rome. His works are characterized by an evocation of much earlier painting, from the Florentine Mannerists to the Carracci, an uninhibited inventiveness, and a visionary streak that runs toward Fussli and his circle. Brilliant and equally self-styled as a draftsman, Cades was known for a “dangerous” ability to imitate masters of the past. The authorship of this drawing is unmistakable in its exalted references to Veronese, generalized shapes, and Neoclassical typologies. Newly recognized are its novel subject and destination as a major altarpiece for the Duomo at Ascoli Piceno, now in the Pinacoteca Civica.

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