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Mattia Preti (1613-1699)
The Pardon of St. John Chrysostom, ca. 1640
Oil on canvas
96 x 74 1/2 in. (244.8 x 189.2 cm)
The Edwin andVirginia Irwin Memorial, Fanny Bryce Lehmer Endowment, and Museum Purchase: Gift of Mrs. J. Louis Ransohoff, by exchange, 1989.8.

An old bearded man at the left kneels before a woman holding a baby at the right. A huntsman stands behind the old man. In the right foreground is a small African boy. The figures stand in a portico with large columns. A portion of a sculpture of a full-length figure, seen from behind, is visible in the right background.

Former Attributions:
Orazio Gentileschi [1563-1639]
Attributed to Orazio Gentileschi [1563-1639]
Unknown, 17th century

Alternate Titles:
Saint John Chrysostom
San Giovanni Boccadoro


By 1679:   Giuseppe Carlo Ratta Garganelli, Bologna
By ca. 1769:   Palazzo Ratta, Bologna, by descent to
By ca. 1813/1823:   Pompeo Ratta, Bologna
By at least 1922-
possibly ca. 1930:
  Riccardo Gualino [d. 1964], Castello di Cereseto Monferrato, Turin [1]
?-1986:   Private Collection
July 10, 1987:   Sold at Christie's, London, July 10, 1987, lot 127, to
July 10, 1987-1989:   (Colnaghi, New York, sold to)
1989-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] The Italian industrialist Riccardo Gualino amassed a large art collection, which he housed in his home, Cereseto. The painting is first documented in Gualino's collection when he loaned it to an exhibition Mostra della pittura Italiana del Seicento e del Settecento, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, 1922, no. 456. It is not known when the CAM's painting left Gualino's collection. Many works were donated to the Galleria Sabauda, Turin, in 1928. The remainder of the Gualino collection was liquidated in 1930. The present painting was not donated to the Galleria Sabauda, nor did it appear specifically on the inventory, held at the Banca d'Italia, Turin. However, a caption in a 1982-83 catalogue of the Gualino collection notes that, although some works were not included on the inventory, there was a small room in Cereseto where a group of unidentified paintings from various schools was found. The CAM's painting, listed in the catalogue as location unknown, is illustrated along with four other works in association with this caption, suggesting that it may have remained with Gualino until the dispersement of his collection in 1930. See Dagli ori antichi agli anni venti: le collezioni di Riccardo Gualino, exh. cat., Palazzo Madama and Galleria Sabauda, Turin, December 1982 to March 1983, pp. 14 and 58.

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