Mirabello CAVALORI


S-Bohm-Cavalori Venus and Amor

Mirabello CAVALORI

(1520 Salincorno - 1572 Florence)

« Venus and Cupid »

Oil on panel

46 x 64 cm. - 18 x 25 in.

Circa 1560


Detailed report by Marta Privitera, Firenze, Oct. 2, 2012

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The composition of the present work derives from a design created c.1532/33 by MICHELANGELO (1475-1564) to be executed in paint by PONTORMO (1493-1557) for the patron Bartolomeo Bettini. The painting generally considered as the first version is now in the collection of the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence (oil on panel, 128 x 197 cm – 50 ½ x 77 ½ in.)

The subject was very popular in Renaissance Florence, in the catalogue of the exhibition “Venus and Love” are listed 32 known period versions (6 of comparable small dimensions). Michelangelo’s original cartoon is probably lost. Copies that served to transfer the outlines as underdrawing for replicas, are conserved at Galleria Nazionale de Capodimonte in Naples, the British Museum, London and the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Mirabello CAVALORI is known for only a few but outstandingly beautiful works. In the few biographical details that survive, as in the works themselves, he emerges as one of the most interesting and experimental painters of this generation, a highly gifted product of Vasari's Accademia del Disegno whose career sadly ended all too soon, in 1572, shortly after painting the two panels for the Studiolo. Larry J.Feinberg notes that Cavalori's style was "a remarkable approximation of Pontormo's manner of the late 1520s".

Provenance :

Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna

since 1921 private collection, Vienna

Bibliography :

Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, sale catalogue march 3-4 1921, n° 11;

Mauro Natale, ‘Peintures italiennes du XIVe au XVIIIe siècle’, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Génève, catalogue raisonné des peintures, 1979, p. 91-92, no 18;

Larry J. Feinberg, ‘From Studio to Studiolo, Florentine Draftsmanship under the First Medici Grand Dukes’, Allen Memorial Art Exhibition, Oberlin College and Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, 1991/92, p.21-22

Philippe Costamagna, ‘Pontormo - Cat. raisonné de l'oeuvre peint’,1994, pp. 217-221, n° 70.15;

Franca Faletti et Jonathan Katz Nelson, Venus and Love - Michelangelo and the new ideal of beauty, Florence 2002, p. 236, n°32;

Marta Privitera, ‘Girolamo Macchietti. Un pittore dello Studiolo di Francesco I (Firenze 1535-1592)’, Rome/Milan 1996

Marta Privitera, ‘Macchietti e Cavalori - amicissimi e compagni’, Paragone Arte, n°67, 2006, pp.14-27