I have something else :) .. I know you will say that the original hangs in PN in Bologna .. This painting is from the 16th century (I once bought it in a gallery for my birthday). Dimensions H94.7cm W64.7cm which is one third of the painting in Italy to the millimeter. Oil on canvas. Artist's signature and date (1581) - that is several years earlier than the one in Italy .. I think this was a preparatory work for that big one. It's very dirty - I mean old brown varnish. I have never given it to renovation because it looks good as it is. A friend of mine from Oxford University has only recently been working on Saint Catherine's lips and neck. That's probably the only thing you need to fix. No one has ever seen it and valued it and whether it is authentic( in past 20-30 years) It would be strange if someone copied it in the artist's times.. Apart from Annibale signature there are many other descriptions and corrections and details that a counterfeiter would not do- probably . Everything can be seen only with UV and infrared light and with computer processing. Sometimes it is difficult to see something clearly from the photos due to my low quality equipment (iPhone,uv lamp from amazon). The photos can not be enlarged because the pixel get blurry. I think this painting is an interesting object for additional research. Frame is not original. Some restoration visible under UV but not visible on the painting or know about any done in the past.Signature on alter next to saint Catherine foot. Same place is like Jesus on the Cross with the plaque showing his wine above the cross (?) letters visible in the sequence, so my guess (photo)about 18 cm high -The Crucifixion -his work from 1581..)I think ,above signature in Latin “frago f “ -painted .. If compared to painting in Italy or preparatory drawing - very similar and nearly identical.This one is more in his style and the other one was more controversial and early attributed to Massari. Looks like has been relined at some point.
French private collection, private collection
Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry and uploading this very interesting painting. Sadly I am not able to see the signature. Sometimes it is very difficult to take a picture of the filigree letters. Is there a possibility to have some new shots? Thank you very much.
With kind regards,