The Adoration of the Magi
(Giacomo Cotta)


Giacomo Cotta studied initially under Ciro Ferri, who worked in Bergamo during the first half of the seventeenth century and the Roman artist’s style and technique were to have a profound effect on the development of Cotta’s mature style. He later worked for a brief period in the studio of Federico Agnelli in Milan and Cotta married Agnelli’s daughter Margherita around 1649. His career continued to proper in Milan and he even produced a series of paintings for Maria Anna of Austria. He spent the later part of his career in Bergamo and his most important commissions there were a Sacrifice of Abraham for the Church of the Capuchins and a Death of Saint Joseph for S. Giuseppe. After the death of his wife in 1670, he entered the priesthood.

Now largely known for being the teacher of the flamboyant portrait painter Giuseppe Ghislandi (1655-1743), Cotta was an accomplished painter of canvases and frescoes and was also a prolific printmaker and engraved several of his own works.

A Rest on the Flight into Egypt in the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Inv. M 139), an oil on copper roundel, dated to 1673 could perhaps indicate a similar date for our painting.

Oil on canvas

Sotheby’s Monaco, 12th December 1989.

Historical Period
Baroque - 1600-1720
Religious: New Testament
Italian - Lombard
1987-The Settecento: Italian Rococo and Early Neoclassical Paintings,1700-1800.
An exhibition held on behalf of Aids Crisis Trust (UK) and The American Foundation for Aids Research (USA). Introduction by Charles McCorquordale. Essays by Francis Russell, Edgar Peters Bowron, and Catherine Whistler. 200 pages, 31 colour plates, 88 black and white illustrations. £15 or $23 inc. p.& p.

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Price band
$50,000 - $100,000