The Wallace Collection

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Putto picking Grapes
  • Bernardino Luini (1480 - 1532)
  • Putto picking Grapes
  • Italy
  • c. 1520 - 1523
  • Painting
  • Fresco transferred to canvas and mounted on panel
  • Image size: 49.2 x 64 cm, maximum with arched top
  • P526
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Luini decorated three rooms and the chapel of the Villa Pelucca, Gerolamo Rabia’s country house at Sesto San Giovanni, near Monza. The present picture, with P537, formed part of the decorations of the cabinet room. In addition to Putto picking Grapes, six further lunettes are known (Milan, Brera; Paris, Louvre; Chantilly, Musée Condé). The villa belonged to Eugène de Beauharnais in 1806, when the frescoes were badly restored. When, in 1816, the Austrian government proposed to turn it into a farmhouse, the Brera Accademia obtained permission to detach some of the frescoes. Twenty-five fragments were removed between 1821 and 1822, and exhibited at the Brera and the Palazzo Reale. Their appearance fuelled the interest of collectors and a number of additional fragments were removed, including the present two pieces, and found their way into private hands.