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Saint Francis of Assisi conferring upon Saint Clare the habit of the Order of The Poor Clares, founded in 1212

Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo (Voltri 1584-Genoa 1638)

Inscribed in pen and brown ink lower right Vanius, numbered on the verso 30/ 16.., black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, outlines of figures incised with stylus, pen and brown ink framing lines
277 x 198 mm (10 x 7 in.)

Provenance :
Wildenstein & Co. Ltd, London, from whom purchased by Harold Day (his mark verso of backing mount, not in Lugt), with original receipt (as Francesco Vanni).

Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo
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Ansaldo was born in Voltri, and was the son of a merchant. He trained under Orazio Cambiaso and probably collaborated with Bernardo Strozzi. Two of his pupils were Giuseppe Badaracco (1588-1657) and Bartolomeo Bassi (circa 1600s-circa 1640s).Ansaldo is responsible for the fresco decoration of the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato in Genoa, completed 1635-1638, just before his death. There is a painting of Allegory of the Arts in the Manchester City Galleries (accession number 1964.285)

The full attribution to Ansaldo was proposed by Jonathan Bober who intends to publish this drawing. 1 A drawing recently on the market was Women being chased out of a Temple also drawn in pen and brown ink and wash, but with the addition of white heightening and being squared in black chalk and measuring 330 x 240 mm.2


1.Communication from Jonathan Bober, 9 July 2012.
2.Sothebys New York, 26 January 2011, lot 529.



This is catalogue Number 5, in the on-line e-catalogue of 'Drawings from the collection of Harold Day (1924-2010)', see the home page for the e-catalogue.