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MARCO MARCUOLA (Italian, 1740-1793)

Re del Carnevale di Verona (King Dumpling, King of Carnival of Verona; Oil on canvas; 27 1/2" x 34" (framed), 21 1/2" x 28" (image); Provenance: Aliprandi Antichita, Milan, Italy; Marco Marcola (Marcuola) was an important painter of prestigious Venetian residences and "grotesques". His "Commedia dellуarte in arena", 1772, is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago "Re del Carnevale di Verona" depicts the most important carnival masque in Verona, Re Gnocco (King Dumpling) and his court.

Sale Price: $25,000

Estimate: $25,000 - $28,000

Condition Report

Beautifully conserved. The stretcher, likely replaced circa 1960, supports the painting well. Various areas of inpainting are evident throughout. New varnish also presents under inspection with black light. A one inch, barely visible, repair on lower left quadrant. Located 2" above and 4" to the right of frame. Work is stable. Various flea bite size scufs noted, one on the base of the central female figure's red robe. The frame, while not original to the work, is hand made carved and gilt gesso.