The Game of Draughts by Mattia Preti

The painting is a youthful work of Preti's first Roman period with the influence of Caravaggio clear.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
108 x 144 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £19,670)
Acquired in:
1978
Vendor:
Executors of Benedict Nicolson

Belonged to Benedict Nicolson and reflects his sympathy for artists exploring dramatic effects of artificial light. This work was purchased after the Art Fund organised a public appeal to set up the Benedict Nicolson fund in memory of Nicolson's long and distinguished editorship of the Burlington Magazine. These funds were then used to help purchase the work for the Ashmolean alongside the Art Fund grant.

Provenance

Benedict Nicolson, by 1954.

Venue details

Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 2PH 01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

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