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Painter, Freskant, b. 1511 - d. 1587

Lelio Orsi (1508/1511 – 1587), also known as Lelio da Novellara, was a Mannerist painter and architect of the Reggio Emilia school in northern Italy.

He was born and died in Novellara, and much of his work was completed in Reggio. He appears to have studied under such as Giovanni Giarola, a pupil of Antonio da Correggio. There is documentary evidence that he visited Rome in 1554–55, and may have been influenced by Girolamo Bedoli, Correggio and the prototypic mannerists Giulio Romano as well as Michelangelo and his successor Daniele da Volterra. He is said to have trained Raffaellino da Reggio. Other pupils or followers were Giovanni Bianchi, known as il Bertone Reggiano. and Jacopo Borbone of Novellara. He was active in both exterior and interior decoration, and much of his work is in small cabinet pieces, not large altarpieces. Much of his output ended in the collections of the Dukes of Este in Ferrara.

Orsi appears to be "reading" Correggio with the lens of Mannerism: the nocturnal, limned ethereal simplicity of Correggio here is constrained into contorted poses, perspective distorted, and settings crowded. The effect at times is unsettling. While the angels above unsheathing divine swords are meant to carry the day in The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine it appears that the execution was stymied by breakdown within the complex set of depicted gears.

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    • Attributed to Lelio Orsi da Novellara (Italian, 1511-1587)
      Sep. 26, 2023

      Attributed to Lelio Orsi da Novellara (Italian, 1511-1587)

      Est: £1,000 - £1,500

      Attributed to Lelio Orsi da Novellara (Italian, 1511-1587) Attributed to Lelio Orsi da Novellara (Italian, 1511-1587) Christ on the Cross; verso, Christ's head and right arm stamped with collector's stamp l.r., red chalk, octagonal 18 x 15cm, unframed Provenance: Commendatore Genevosio, his stamp (Lugt 545); Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, 8 July 2002, lot 72. Condition Report: overall: 35 x 27.5cm (mount) The work is attached to a sheet of paper measuring 27 x 20.5cm by a piece of tape applied to the reverse of the top edge. Time staining with small brown spots and speckles, please see images. Light creasing.

      Sworders
    • LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1511-1587) The Rape of Ganymede black chalk, pen and
      Jul. 04, 2023

      LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1511-1587) The Rape of Ganymede black chalk, pen and

      Est: £20,000 - £30,000

      LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1511-1587) The Rape of Ganymede black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and blue wash heightened with white (partly oxidised) on light brown paper, pen and brown ink framing lines 24.5 x 23 cm (9 3/4 x 9 1/8 in.)

      Christie's
    • LELIO ORSI (1511 - 1587), CIRCLE OF - MARTYRDOM OF SANTA CATERINA
      Dec. 19, 2022

      LELIO ORSI (1511 - 1587), CIRCLE OF - MARTYRDOM OF SANTA CATERINA

      Est: €7,000 - €9,000

      Lelio Orsi (1511 - 1587), circle of - Martyrdom of Santa Caterina Pen, brown ink, brown watercolour, white lead highlights 450 x 265 mm Within ancient frame PROVENANCE: Private collection, Lecco LITERATURE: E. Monducci, M. Pirondini (curated by), Lelio Orsi, Edizioni Amilcare Pizzi, 1987, pp. 168 (ill.) - 169

      Art-Rite
    • Ambito di Lelio ORSI (1511-1587)
      Jan. 19, 2022

      Ambito di Lelio ORSI (1511-1587)

      Est: €400 - €800

      Ambito di Lelio ORSI (1511-1587) Il riposo nella fuga in Egitto Pen, lavis marrone, white lead on countercollated paper (usures) Entourage de Lelio ORSI (1511-1587) Le repos pendant la fuite en Egypte Plume, lavis brun, rehauts de blanc sur papier contrecollé (usures) H_24,6 cm L_16,4 cm Inscription on the mount, bottom left : "N° 260" On the verso, in pen : "Portefeuille N° 24, dessin N° 7" Achille Ryhiner Annoté sur le montage, en bas à gauche : "N° 260" Au verso, à la plume : "Portefeuille N° 24, dessin N° 7" Achille Ryhiner Il riposo nella fuga in Egitto Penna, lavis marrone, biacca su carta controcollata (usure) Entourage de Lelio ORSI (1511-1587) Le repos pendant la fuite en Egypte Plume, lavis brun, rehauts de blanc sur papier contrecollé (usures) H_24,6 cm L_16,4 cm Iscrizione sul montaggio, in basso a sinistra : «N° 260» Al verso, a penna : «Portefeuille N° 24, dessin N° 7» Achille Ryhiner Annoté sur le montage, en bas à gauche : «N° 260» Au verso, à la plume : «Portefeuille N° 24, dessin N° 7» Achille Ryhiner

      Pierre Bergé & Associés
    • Lelio Orsi: Crouched Cupid with Torch Pointing Downwards
      Nov. 18, 2021

      Lelio Orsi: Crouched Cupid with Torch Pointing Downwards

      Est: €1,500 - €2,000

      ORSI, LELIO ('Lelio da Novellara') Novellara 1508 - 1587 attributed Title: Crouched Cupid with Torch Pointing Downwards. Technique: Red chalk, pen and brown ink on paper. Measurement: 15 x 14,5cm. Notation: Inventory number in gray ink upper left: 43. Provenance: Private ownership, Italy.

      Van Ham Kunstauktionen
    • Lelio Orsi (Novellara 1508/1511-1587) A decorative frieze with the Rebuke o
      Oct. 14, 2021

      Lelio Orsi (Novellara 1508/1511-1587) A decorative frieze with the Rebuke o

      Est: $30,000 - $40,000

      Lelio Orsi (Novellara 1508/1511-1587) A decorative frieze with the Rebuke of Adam and Eve and the Expulsion from... black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash heightened with white, squared in black chalk, on two joined sheets of paper 4 5/8 x 26 ¾ in. (11.7 x 68.1 cm)

      Christie's
    • LELIO ORSI (1508-1587) Le Christ aux mille croix
      Dec. 10, 2020

      LELIO ORSI (1508-1587) Le Christ aux mille croix

      Est: €3,500 - €4,500

      LELIO ORSI (1508-1587) Le Christ aux mille croix Huile panneau Rare composition d'esprit métaphysique, unique pour son époque. Provenance : Collection privée Rome. Avec certificat d'exportation des Beaux-Arts italiens. Condition : restaurations. Dimensions : 48 x 33,5 cm Peintre, dessinateur et architecte italien de la Renaissance, né à Novellara, connu pour sa vision singulière du maniérisme, il reçoit une formation de Giovanni Giarola. En 1538, il s'installe à Reggio Emilia où il exécute un certain nombre de fresques sur des façades de bâtiments malheureusement en grande partie détruites aujourd'hui. L'année 1554 marque une date importante dans l'œuvre de l'artiste, lorsque durant un voyage à Rome, il découvre les travaux de Michel-Ange qui l'influenceront jusqu'à la fin de sa carrière. Nombreuses œuvres conservées au Louvre, National Gallery Londres, Musée Capodimonte Naples, Galerie Borghèse Rome, etc.

      Accademia Fine Art
    • LELIO ORSI (1508-1587), Ecole Le Christ aux mille croix
      Aug. 06, 2020

      LELIO ORSI (1508-1587), Ecole Le Christ aux mille croix

      Est: €4,000 - €8,000

      LELIO ORSI (1508-1587), Ecole Le Christ aux mille croix Huile panneau Travail italien du 16ème siècle.Rare composition d'esprit métaphysique, unique pour son époque. Provenance : Collection privée Rome. Avec certificat d'exportation des Beaux-Arts italiens. Condition : restaurations. Dimensions : 48 x 33,5 cm Peintre, dessinateur et architecte italien de la Renaissance, né à Novellara, connu pour sa vision singulière du maniérisme, il reçoit une formation de Giovanni Giarola. En 1538, il s'installe à Reggio Emilia où il exécute un certain nombre de fresques sur des façades de bâtiments malheureusement en grande partie détruites aujourd'hui. L'année 1554 marque une date importante dans l'œuvre de l'artiste, lorsque durant un voyage à Rome, il découvre les travaux de Michel-Ange qui l'influenceront jusqu'à la fin de sa carrière. Nombreuses œuvres conservées au Louvre, National Gallery Londres, Musée Capodimonte Naples, Galerie Borghèse Rome, etc. Christ with a Thousand Crosses, oil on panel. 16th century Italian work. Rare composition with a metaphysical spirit, unique for its time. Provenance : Private collection Rome. With Italian Fine Arts export certificate. Condition : restorations.

      Accademia Fine Art
    • LELIO ORSI circle of
      Jul. 07, 2020

      LELIO ORSI circle of

      Est: €1,200 - €1,800

      LELIO ORSI, circle of (Novellara 1508/1511 - Novellara 1587) PLAYING PUTTI Oil on canvas, cm. 62 x 77 PROVENANCE Illustrious Roman family CONDITIONS OF THE PAINTING Twentieth century re-lining. Canvas shortened on the sides, numerous restoration points scattered mainly in the upper part FRAME Frame in gilded wood carved in cartouches, leaves and scrolls, from the 18th century LELIO ORSI, ambito di (Novellara 1508/1511 - Novellara 1587) GIOCHI DI PUTTI Olio su tela, cm. 62 x 77 PROVENIENZA Illustre famiglia romana CONDIZIONI DEL DIPINTO Rintelo novecentesco. Tela decurtata ai lati, numerosi punti di restauro sparsi principalmente nella parte alta CORNICE Cornice in legno dorato e intagliato a cartigli, foglie e volute, del XVIII secolo

      Casa d'Aste Babuino
    • Lelio Orsi, (Italian, 1511-1587), Heads Study, together with Artist Unknown, (16th century), Shakespeare Drama, ink on paper; ink an...
      Sep. 15, 2019

      Lelio Orsi, (Italian, 1511-1587), Heads Study, together with Artist Unknown, (16th century), Shakespeare Drama, ink on paper; ink an...

      Est: $1,000 - $2,000

      Lelio Orsi (Italian, 1511-1587) Heads Study, together with Artist Unknown, (16th century), Shakespeare Drama ink on paper; ink and wash on paper larger: 10 3/4" x 7 5/8"

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • LELIO ORSI (1508-1587), Ecole Le Christ aux mille croix
      Jul. 16, 2019

      LELIO ORSI (1508-1587), Ecole Le Christ aux mille croix

      Est: €6,000 - €8,000

      LELIO ORSI (1508-1587), Ecole Le Christ aux mille croix Huile panneau Travail italien du 16ème siècle.Rare composition d'esprit métaphysique, unique pour son époque. Provenance : Collection privée Rome. Avec certificat d'exportation des Beaux-Arts italiens. Condition : restaurations. Dimensions : 48 x 33,5 cm Peintre, dessinateur et architecte italien de la Renaissance, né à Novellara, connu pour sa vision singulière du maniérisme, il reçoit une formation de Giovanni Giarola. En 1538, il s'installe à Reggio Emilia où il exécute un certain nombre de fresques sur des façades de bâtiments malheureusement en grande partie détruites aujourd'hui. L'année 1554 marque une date importante dans l'œuvre de l'artiste, lorsque durant un voyage à Rome, il découvre les travaux de Michel-Ange qui l'influenceront jusqu'à la fin de sa carrière. Nombreuses œuvres conservées au Louvre, National Gallery Londres, Musée Capodimonte Naples, Galerie Borghèse Rome, etc.

      Accademia Fine Art
    • LELIO ORSI | Recto: Figure study of a bearded man, design for a Telamon Verso:  Study of a head and a butterfly
      Jan. 30, 2019

      LELIO ORSI | Recto: Figure study of a bearded man, design for a Telamon Verso:  Study of a head and a butterfly

      Est: $7,000 - $9,000

      Pen and brown ink ( recto) black chalk ( verso); bears later attribution in red biro, verso:  Celio Gapare cav. Romano 

      Sotheby's
    • AFTER LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) The Martydom of Saint Catherine
      Dec. 04, 2018

      AFTER LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) The Martydom of Saint Catherine

      Est: £1,000 - £1,500

      AFTER LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) The Martydom of Saint Catherine with attribution 'Marco da Pino, da Siena' (twice, on the old mount) and with inscription '[...]555' (verso) (i) black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, on (formerly) blue paper 16 3/8 x 11 3/4 in. (41.7 x 30 cm.); and one other drawing: Italian School, 16th Century, The Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John, after Parmigianino, red chalk, the corners cut, 7 x 9 7/8 in. (17.7 x 25.1 cm.) (2)

      Christie's
    • ATTRIBUTED TO LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) A male nude, crouching
      Dec. 04, 2018

      ATTRIBUTED TO LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) A male nude, crouching

      Est: £6,000 - £8,000

      ATTRIBUTED TO LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) A male nude, crouching with inscription '22 juglio 1583. [...] Giulio da Carriobbj' (recto and verso) the latter with additional inscription 'saldo et comi[...]' pen and brown ink 11 x 8 in. (28 x 20.4 cm.)

      Christie's
    • LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) The Rest on the Flight into Egypt wit
      Dec. 04, 2018

      LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) The Rest on the Flight into Egypt wit

      Est: £150,000 - £250,000

      LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508/1511-1587) The Rest on the Flight into Egypt with Saint Anthony Abbot with inscription 'Lelio Orsi da Novellara' and crossed out inscription (on the mount) pen and brown ink 14 x 10 1/4 in. (35.5 x 26 cm.)

      Christie's
    • LELIO ORSI | An elaborate design for a decoration over a mantle piece
      Jan. 25, 2017

      LELIO ORSI | An elaborate design for a decoration over a mantle piece

      Est: $25,000 - $35,000

      Pen and brown ink and wash heightened with white heightening, on paper washed beige. Bears in pen and ink some capital letters on the recto:...SNO and an attribution on the backing in black chalk:...di Novellara fe

      Sotheby's
    • LELIO ORSI | Apollo driving the chariot of the sun
      Jan. 25, 2017

      LELIO ORSI | Apollo driving the chariot of the sun

      Est: $50,000 - $70,000

      Pen and brown ink, heightened with white, on paper washed light brown

      Sotheby's
    • ATTRIBUTED TO LELIO ORSI | Design for a frieze, including satyrs, animals and putti entwined with acanthus leaves 
      Jan. 19, 2017

      ATTRIBUTED TO LELIO ORSI | Design for a frieze, including satyrs, animals and putti entwined with acanthus leaves 

      Est: £5,000 - £7,000

      Pen and brown ink and wash, on the right a faint sketch in red chalk; numbered in pen and brown ink: 11 and on the backing a pencil attribution Lelio de Novelara

      Sotheby's
    • Lelio Orsi
      Mar. 23, 2016

      Lelio Orsi

      Est: €8,000 - €12,000

      "Nativity" oil on canvas giltwood frame. On the reverse on the painting bearing wax seal of the Royal Accademy of the Belle Arti in Venice 1810. Comprising also critical comment of Prof. Massimo Pirondini.

      Colasanti Casa d'Aste
    • ATTRIBUÉ À LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1511-1587) Jonas rejeté par la baleine plu
      Mar. 25, 2015

      ATTRIBUÉ À LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1511-1587) Jonas rejeté par la baleine plu

      Est: €4,000 - €6,000

      ATTRIBUÉ À LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1511-1587) Jonas rejeté par la baleine plume et encre brune 38.5 x 23.3 cm.

      Christie's
    • LELIO ORSI
      Jul. 03, 2013

      LELIO ORSI

      Est: £7,000 - £9,000

      NOVELLARA  1511  -  1587 FIGURE  STUDY  OF  A  BEARDED  MAN,  DESIGN  FOR  A  TELAMON Pen  and  brown  ink 191  by  69  mm

      Sotheby's
    • Orsi, Lelio (Novellara 1511 1587). Bogenschütze.
      Mar. 22, 2013

      Orsi, Lelio (Novellara 1511 1587). Bogenschütze.

      Est: -

      Orsi, Lelio (Novellara 1511 1587). Bogenschütze. 1579. Kupferstich auf Bütten, von oder nach Lelio Orsi. Blattgröße 22 x 13,9 cm. New Hollstein (Cornelis Cort rejected prints) R 48 II (von II); vgl. Print Quarterly, 2006, Vol. 2, S. 179. Teils knapp auf bzw. innerhalb der Plattenkante beschnitten; kleiner Rostfleck oben rechts. Abbildung Seite 152 750,-

      Venator & Hanstein
    • Follower of Lelio Orsi da Novellara (Novellara 1511-1587)
      Mar. 19, 2013

      Follower of Lelio Orsi da Novellara (Novellara 1511-1587)

      Est: £1,200 - £1,800

      The Adoration of the Shepherds oil on panel, unframed 39.8 x 29.cm (15 11/16 x 11 7/16in).

      Bonhams
    • LELIO ORSI
      Jan. 25, 2012

      LELIO ORSI

      Est: $30,000 - $40,000

      NOVELLARA 1511 - 1587 DESIGN FOR A FRIEZE, INCLUDING SATYRS, ANIMALS AND PUTTI ENTWINED WITH ACANTHUS LEAVES Pen and brown ink and wash, on the right a faint sketch in red chalk; numbered in pen and brown ink: 11 and on the backing a pencil attribution Lelio de Novelara 155 by 421 mm; 6 by 16 1/2 in

      Sotheby's
    • LELIO ORSI
      Jan. 25, 2012

      LELIO ORSI

      Est: $12,000 - $18,000

      NOVELLARA 1511 - 1587 A DESIGN FOR A SECTION OF A FRIEZE WITH FANTASTIC ANIMALS AND ACANTHUS LEAVES Pen and brown ink and wash heightened with white-beige bodycolor over paper washed green; bears numbering in pen and brown ink: 13, and on the backing in pencil: Lelio de Novelara 100 by 207 mm; 4 by 8 1/8 in

      Sotheby's
    • Lelio Orsi,1511 - 1589, zug.
      Dec. 09, 2011

      Lelio Orsi,1511 - 1589, zug.

      Est: €14,000 - €16,000

      DIANA UND DIE NYMPHEN Öl auf Holz. 49 x 91 cm. (8421717)

      Hampel Fine Art Auctions
    • Attributed to Lelio Orsi (Reggio 1511-1587 Novellara)
      Dec. 09, 2010

      Attributed to Lelio Orsi (Reggio 1511-1587 Novellara)

      Est: £1,000 - £1,500

      Attributed to Lelio Orsi (Reggio 1511-1587 Novellara) A horseman attacked by lions traces of black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash 5 5/8 x 3 7/8 in. (14.2 x 10 cm.)

      Christie's
    • LELIO ORSI
      Jan. 27, 2010

      LELIO ORSI

      Est: $18,000 - $22,000

      DESIGN FOR A WALL DECORATION

      Sotheby's
    • LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508-1587)
      Jun. 23, 2009

      LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508-1587)

      Est: €3,000 - €5,000

      LELIO ORSI (NOVELLARA 1508-1587) Projet de télamon plume et encre brune 19,8 x 7,2 cm.

      Christie's
    • Lelio Orsi , Novellara 1511 - 1587 Leda and the Swan oil on copper
      Jan. 24, 2008

      Lelio Orsi , Novellara 1511 - 1587 Leda and the Swan oil on copper

      Est: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

      oil on copper

      Sotheby's
    • Lelio Orsi , Novellara 1511 - 1587 a sea nymph with many figures and sea creatures Pen and brown ink; bears number of the back: No. 54
      Jan. 23, 2008

      Lelio Orsi , Novellara 1511 - 1587 a sea nymph with many figures and sea creatures Pen and brown ink; bears number of the back: No. 54

      Est: $15,000 - $20,000

      Pen and brown ink; bears number of the back: No. 54

      Sotheby's
    • Lelio Orsi , Novellara 1511 - 1587 apollo driving the chariot of the sun Pen and brown ink and gray-brown wash, heightened with white, on paper washed light brown, made up at the left margin
      Jan. 23, 2008

      Lelio Orsi , Novellara 1511 - 1587 apollo driving the chariot of the sun Pen and brown ink and gray-brown wash, heightened with white, on paper washed light brown, made up at the left margin

      Est: $200,000 - $300,000

      Pen and brown ink and gray-brown wash, heightened with white, on paper washed light brown, made up at the left margin

      Sotheby's
    • Old Master Painting: Lelio Orsi (Novellara 1511 -
      Dec. 11, 2007

      Old Master Painting: Lelio Orsi (Novellara 1511 -

      Est: €6,000 - €8,000

      Old Master Painting: Lelio Orsi (Novellara 1511 - 1587), circle of

      Dorotheum
    • AFTER LELIO ORSI (1511-1587), Circa 1900 tHE WALK
      Oct. 19, 2007

      AFTER LELIO ORSI (1511-1587), Circa 1900 tHE WALK

      Est: £150 - £250

      AFTER LELIO ORSI (1511-1587), Circa 1900 tHE WALK TO EMMAUS Oil on canvas 67 x 54.5cm. * A copy of Orsi's oil of c.1565-1575 (National Gallery, London) ++ Needs a light clean

      Lawrences
    • Christ nailed to the Cross
      Jul. 03, 2007

      Christ nailed to the Cross

      Est: £70,000 - £100,000

      Lelio Orsi (Reggio 1511-1587 Novellara) Christ nailed to the Cross black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, the lower left corner tip made up 16½ x 10¾ in. (420 x 273 mm.)

      Christie's
    • Lelio Orsi (Italian, 1511-1587), After Giulio Romano (Italian, 1499-1546)
      Sep. 10, 2004

      Lelio Orsi (Italian, 1511-1587), After Giulio Romano (Italian, 1499-1546)

      Est: $500 - $700

      Psyche Receiving Water from the Styx Signed or inscribed "Lelio da Novellara" l.l. Graphite with ink and gouache on paper (demi-lune format), 8 x 14 3/4 in. (20.3 x 37.4 cm), framed. Condition: Laid down, tears, creasing, losses, toning, staining.

      Skinner
    • Lelio Orsi (Reggio 1511-1587 Novellara)
      Jul. 06, 2004

      Lelio Orsi (Reggio 1511-1587 Novellara)

      Est: £3,000 - £5,000

      The Stoning of Saint Stephen with inscriptions 'Perin Del Vague.' (recto) and 'Perin del Vaga' (verso) pen and brown ink, brown wash on light brown paper, the upper corners cut 11 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (302 x 245 mm.)

      Christie's
    • Lelio Orsi (Reggio 1511-1587 Novellara)
      Jul. 06, 2004

      Lelio Orsi (Reggio 1511-1587 Novellara)

      Est: £3,000 - £5,000

      The Madonna and Child with the Infant Baptist in a landscape black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash heightened with white (partly oxidized) on brown paper 12 1/2 x 8 in. (316 x 205 mm.)

      Christie's
    • * LELIO ORSI NOVELLARA 1508 OR 1511 - 1587
      Jan. 21, 2004

      * LELIO ORSI NOVELLARA 1508 OR 1511 - 1587

      Est: $20,000 - $30,000

      bears inscription, lower right: Jules Romain. RECTO: STUDY FOR A FRIEZE WITH A RIVER GOD AND NYMPHS AND THE EAGLE OF ZEUS; VERSO: DESIGN FOR THE UPPER PART OF THE ENTABLATURE

      Sotheby's
    • Lelio Orsi (1508/11-1587)
      Jul. 10, 2001

      Lelio Orsi (1508/11-1587)

      Est: $28,200 - $42,300

      The Rape of Ganymede with inscription 'Lelio da Novellara' black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and blue wash heightened with white (partly oxidised) on light brown paper 245 x 230 mm. PROVENANCE An unidentified armorial collector's mark with an eagle, possibly the Gonzaga emblem. Casino di Sotto, Novellara, 1770 (valued at 2 zecchini). Sir Joshua Reynolds (L. 3016a), his lot number 'Lot 16..' on the mount. T. Blayds (L. 2422). LITERATURE V. Davolio, Memorie storiche della contea de Novellara e dei Gonzaghi che vi deminarono, Milan (1987 edition), III, p. 188. V. Davolio, Notizie storiche di Lelio Orsi, 1836, Manuscript in the Museo Gonzaga, Novellara. G. Campori, Raccolta di cataloghi ed inventari inediti di quadri, statue, disegni, bronzi, dorerie, smalti, medaglie, avori ecc. dal secolo XV al sec. XIX, Modena, 1870, p. 669. C. Malagoli, Memorie storiche su Lelio Orsi celebre pittore di Novellara, Guastalla, 1892, p. 21. R. Salvini and A.M. Chiodi, Lelio Orsi, exhib. cat., Reggio Emilia, Civica Galleria Fontanesi, 1950, p. 6. E. Monducci and M. Pirondini, Lelio Orsi, exhib. cat., Reggio Emilia, Teatro Valli, 1987, p. 250, no. 21. NOTES Probably a study for the lost fresco of the same subject painted on the fa‡ade of a house which during the 17th Century was the property of of the Gentili family, E. Monducci and M. Pirondini, op. cit., p. 246, no. 34. The fresco was mentioned in Lelio Orsi's manuscript biography in the Archivio di Stato, Modena, written in the mid-17th Century, but was described as lost in 1782 by P. Fontanesi in the manuscript of the Descrizione della pitture e sculture esistenti nelle Chiese della citt… di Reggio di Lombardia. V. Diavolo, who wrote about Novellara from 1825, saw the fresco before its destruction and described it: '..e noi abbiamo veduto, non a molti anni distruggerne gli ultimi avanzi in alcuni scudi rappresentanti battaglie navali, la guerra de'Giganti, un Ganimede a cavallo, dipinti da Lelio sulla facciata dell'antica casa Gentili, la seconda a mattina del portico superiore alla piazza, nella circostanza che il fu signor Domenico Ardovini la fece risarcire'. The present drawing was mentioned in an inventory of 1770 of the Casino di Sotto in Novellara. The drawing was probably acquired by Sir Joshua Reynolds in the last years of the 18th Century. Orsi painted another fresco of Ganymede, now in the Galleria Estense in Modena, E. Monducci and M. Pirondini, op. cit., no. 36. In that fresco Orsi used the more usual iconography, with Zeus as an eagle attacking the standing figure of Ganymede, rather than showing him on horseback as in the present sheet. Ganymede shown riding at the moment of his abduction is unusual. Although Homer, Pausanius and Virgil describe Ganymede being carried off while hunting. Moreover, to comfort the youth's father, Zeus sent Hermes to him with two immortal mares.

      Christie's
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