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Daniele Crespi

Busto Arsizio 1597/98 - 1630 Milan
Price range
0 – 1,000,000 USD
Daniele Crespi stands apart from the well-known triad of Lombard early baroque painters, Cerano, Morazzone and Giulio Cesare Procaccini, in that his style is closer to Bolognese and Roman classicism, with fewer residually Mannerist characteristics.

Crespi’s habit of making preparatory drawings for his pictures, unusual in Lombardy, also links him to the traditions of Bologna and central Italy. He trained under the late mannerist painter Moncalvo (1568–1625). Early works like an astringent Salome of ca. 1619 and a Flagellation from the early 1620s show the influence of Cerano, a relative of his, and in the latter case Procaccini as well. Crespi was active as a fresco painter in Milan, Piacenza and Charterhouses of Garengnano and Pavia, but his oil paintings today are generally better known. Since he died young of the plague in 1630, they all are from the 1620s. His Pietà in the Museo del Prado, Madrid and Lamentation in Budapest adopt the emotional rhythms and expressiveness of Procaccini. By contrast his Ecce Homo in the Blanton Museum, Austin, echoes Lodovico Cigoli’s (1559–1613) famous Ecce Homo in the Pitti Palace, Florence. Cigoli’s painting was then in Rome, so Crespi may have visited the city, stylistically quite likely given the sculptural immediacy of his Baptism in the Brera painted late in the decade.


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Top 3 auction prices

204,000 $
472,009 $
519,000 $


The details are: Sotheby’s New York – 26 Jan 2006 lot 46, Sotheby’s London – 5 Dec 2007 lot 56 (228,500 GBP),and Sotheby’s New York – 30 Jan 2019 lot 34.
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Books on Daniele Crespi

Franceso Frangi, Daniele Crespi, La giovinezza ritrovata, Milan, 2012.

Nancy Ward Neilson, Daniele Crespi, Soncino, 1996.

Luigi Lanzi and Thomas Roscoe, The schools of Lombardy, Mantua, Modena, Parma, Cremona, and Milan, Oxford, 1828.

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