Giovanni Battista PACE - 1640 - 1665
Recto: The Rest on the Flight to Egypt
Verso: God the Father with Putti
Roman School

Pen and brown ink
Brown ink framing lines

20.1 x 15.5 cm

Euro :  3000,-

Giovanni Battista Pace, born in Rome about 1640, was the son of the still-life painter Michele Pace. He studied with Pier Francesco Mola whose influence is clearly visible in his paintings and drawings. He mainly worked for the Chigi Family in Rome, decorating their Palazzo in Ariccia in 1664 with battle scenes. In 1665 he made two paintings for Cardinal Flavio Chigi: "The Dream of Jacob" and "The Rest on the Flight to Egypt". Giovanni Battista Pace also worked for the powerful Roman Family, Barberini, as is attested by his works in their collection inventory of 1686; and produced several etchings, some of which are dedicated to Prince Barberini. Giovanni Battista Pace died in Rome after 1665.

The present drawing is a preparatory study for the painting by Giovanni Battista Pace made for Cardinal Flavio Chigi in 1665; today in the collection of Carla Guglielmi in Rome. The verso of the present sheet can be compared to the "St. John the Baptist in Ecstasy" in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin-Dahlem ( and to "Moses with the Tablets and God the Father" from the Weld collection in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool (

The attribution was made by Prof. Richard Cocke of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in a letter dated October 23rd, 2000. Prof. Cocke connects the present drawing to several published drawings by Giovanni Battista Pace in his extensive article on the artist in Master Drawings, 1991, volume 4.


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