Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo
Voltri 1584-Genoa 1638
Saint Francis of Assisi conferring upon Saint Clare the habit of the Order of The Poor Clares, founded in 1212

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).

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.)

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.