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Allegory of Hope, ca. between 1617 and 1618

  • Alessandro Turchi, Italian, 1578-1649

Oil on canvas

  • 93 11/16 × 52 1/4 × 3 5/8 inches (238 × 132.7 × 9.2 cm) Unframed: 81 1/8 × 44 inches (206.1 × 111.8 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb


On View

  • European: Medieval and Renaissance


European Painting

by 1620, Gian Giacomo Giusti (Verona, Italy). by 1760, Bouchier Cleeve, Esq. [d. 1760] (Kent, England)

1760, by inheritance to his daughter, Elizabeth Cleeve (Kent, England)

1765, by marriage to her partner, Sir George Yonge [1731–1812] (Kent, England)

March 25, 1806, sold by (Mr. White, London, England) "The Property of Sir George Young, Bart. sale" lot 65

1806, purchased by Mr. Johnson, esq. (London, England). April 28, 1829, sold by Edward Foster, "Late Richard Mortimer, esq. sale" lot 35

1829, purchased by Josiah Taylor. ca. 1920, Aubrey Robinson (St. James, London, England)

(A. L. Nicholson, London and Crosby, Highcliffe, England)

1947, (Paul Drey Gallery, New York, New York, USA)

1947–present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Pona, F. Sileno overo Delle Belezze del Luogo dell' Sig. Co. Gio Giacomo Giusti. Dialogo di F. P. Medico pubblicato con l'occasione delle Nozze degl'Ill.mi Sig.ri il Sig. Conte Francesco Giusti e la Signora Antonia Lazise. Verona, 1620, pp. 35ff. Martyn, T. The English Connoisseur. London, 1766, vol. 1, p. 62. [As by Lorbetto di Verona.] "du Cabinet de Bouchier Cleeve." Recueil de Catalogues des Principales Collections de Tableaux qui subsidant actuellment tant Angleterre d'ailleur; dans different cabinets de curieux; avec une notice succinte de quelques autres morceaux qui se trouvent en Allemagne en Italie 1765-1774, (manuscript). p. 22, no. 79. Oretti, M. "Pitture dello stato veneto." MS B 97 in the Biblioteca Comunale dell'Archiginnasio. Bologna, 1774-75, c.217v. Yonge, G. A Marked Catalogue (Re-published by Permission of Mr. White) of the Superb, Most Valuable and Distinguished Collection of Pictures, Antique Marbles & Bronzes of Sir George Yonge, Bart. London, 1806, p. 17, lots 64-66. G. Redford. Art Sales. London, 1888, vol. 1, p. 94; vol. 2, p. 236. Detroit Institute of Arts Catalogue of the Paintings and Sculptures given by Edgar B. Whitcomb and Anna Scripps Whitcomb. Detroit, 1954, pp. 94-95. [as by Moretto da Brescia.] Fredericksen, B. and F. Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, MA, 1972, p. 80. Pallucchini, Rodolfo. "La pittura veronese tra 'maniera' e 'natura'. Arte Veneta 28 (1974): pp. 133-156, p. 143. Scaglietti Kelescian, D. "Inediti di Alessandro Turchi." Paragone 36, no. 423 (1985): p. 233. Guzzo, E.M. "I dipinti di Alessandro Turchi nella collezione Giusti e qualche aggiunta al primo seicento veronese." Arte cristiana 86, no. 788 (1998): pp. 367-379. Alessandro Turchi detto l'Orbetto 1587-1649. Exh. cat., Museo di Castelvecchio. Milan, 1999, pp. 112-115. no. 22. Kelescian, Daniela Scaglietti. Alessandro Turchi detto l'Orbetto 1578–1649. Exh. cat., Museo di Castelvecchio. Milan, 1999, pp. 112–116; no. 66 (ill.). Bissell, R.W., A. Derstine, and D. Miller. Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2005, pp. 9-10, 208-211, cat. no. 66. Derstine, Andria. "The Detroit Institute of Arts and Italian Baroque Painting." In Buying Baroque: Italian Seventeenth-Century Paintings Come to America, ed. Edgar Peters Bowron. University Park, 2017, p. 97.

Alessandro Turchi, Allegory of Hope, ca. between 1617 and 1618, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, 47.400.