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L'Umana Fragilità: PD.53-1958

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


L'Umana Fragilità
Translated as: Human Frailty


Painter: Rosa, Salvator




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 AD 1656

School or Style

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
  • Type: 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 July 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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