Giorgio de Chirico
Les gladiateurs, 1928
oil on canvas
116 x 88 cm │ 45 ½ x 34 ½ in.
Luca Signorelli, Dannati all’inferno, 1499-1502, fresco belonging to the cycle of the Storie degli ultimi giorni, Chapel of San Brizio (Cappella Nova), Cathedral of Orvieto.
The painting Les gladiateurs, which soon entered the collection of Léonce Rosenberg, was soon chosen for the artist’s first solo exhibition set up in the autumn of 1928 at Arthur Tooth & Sons, London. Later on it attracted the attention of Sydney Alfred Schiff, novelist, translator, patron, friend of painters and musicians, as well as art collector. Sir Edward Beddington-Behrens, member of the same family, was the following owner of the work. He was son of the President of the British Chamber of Commerce who served as Chairman of the British Committee of the European League for Economic Cooperation. Les gladiateurs appears here in Sydney Alfred Schiff’s house in London, in a photo published in L’arredamento moderno, Hoepli, Milan, 1936 by Roberto Aloi.