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Title Still Life with Fruit
Alternative Title Still Life
Original Translation Cesto di uva e melagrane
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Attributed to Pace del Campidoglio, Michele (Italian painter, probably 1610- probably 1670)
Previously attributed to Italian (Neapolitan) School
Previously attributed to Italian (Roman) School
Date Earliest possibly 1650
Date Latest possibly 1780
Description This impressive still life has been attributed to the painter Michele Pace, who specialised in images of flowers and fruits, often depicting them against a landscape or stormy sky. The artist was active in the mid-seventeenth century and is sometimes known as 'Campidoglio' on account of an official post he held in the Roman piazza of that name.
Current Accession Number L.F123.1964.0.0
Former Accession Number 123 A 1964
Subject landscape; still life
Measurements 117.0 x 103.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Gallery Lasson, London, 1964, as Roman or Neapolitan school, 1,050.
Provenance Acquired from an anonymous Danish Collection by Gallery Lasson, London, by 1964.
Publications City of Leicester Museums and Art Gallery 59th Report, 1964-65, ill opp. p. 24; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 30; La Natura Morta in Italia, Milan, 1989, p. 775, pl. 912.
Notes Both Benedict Nicolson and Hermann Voss attributed this painting to Campidoglio; Michael Levey rejected that attribution, preferring a more generic attribution to the Roman school.
Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith




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