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L'Umana Fragilità: PD.53-1958

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L'Umana Fragilità
Translated as: Human Frailty


Rosa, Salvator (Painter)


History note: Cardinal Flavio Chigi (c. 1630-93), Rome; presumably in the possession of the Chigi family until an unknown date before 1824; John, 2nd Lord Northwick (1770-1859); Northwick sale, Christie's, 20 May 1838 (114), bt. in; Northwick sale, Thirlestane House, Cheltenham, Philips, 26 July 1859 (1120), bt. Agnew; sold by Messrs Thomas Agnew, London, to R.C. Fergusson, August 1859; descended to his grandson-in-law, Lt.-Col. Wallace Cunninghame, D.S.O.; his sale, Christie's, 7 March 1958 (28), bt. Messrs Knoedler London

Measurements and weight

Height: 197.4 cm
Width: 131.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1958) by Knoedler, Messrs


Production date: circa CE 1656

School or Style

Italian Neapolitan School

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support: composed of canvas

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Conceptio Culpa, Nasci pena, / Labor vita, Necesse Mori
  • Location: On the scroll
  • Text: S.R.
  • Location: On the blade of the knife
  • Monogram

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.53-1958
Primary reference Number: 599
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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