Group of Six Figures in a Landscape

Icilio F. Joni (Italian, 1866-1946)

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Mr. and Mrs. Booth Tarkington, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1906; {1} given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1953. {2}

{1} According to a typescript, presumably presented to the IMA by Tarkington, the Tarkingtons purchased the fresco from a silversmith's shop in Rome on the Via Sistina in 1906, see IMA Historical File (53.5) {2}Although the work was thought to be a 15th or 16th century Italian fresco upon accession, it is now considered to be a modern forgery by an artist discussed by Federico Zeri, "Il falsario in calcinaccio," Quaderni di Emblema: Diari di Lavoro, Bergamo, 1971, pp. 81-91.

Object Information

artist
Icilio F. Joni (Italian, 1866-1946)
creation date
early 1900s
materials
fresco
dimensions
15 1/2 x 24 in. (irregular)
accession number
53.5
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Booth Tarkington, in memory of her husband
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
deaccessioned on
06.18.2008
transfer notes
Sold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 41)
reason
Forgery/Reproduction
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