Unidentified Artist (17th Century) – Sketch / First Idea for History Painting

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Pen and brown ink over red crayon on laid paper, bearing early inscription in pen and ink to upper margin ‘Francesco Solimena delineavit’. The picture has been sympathetically cleaned and mounted by an accredited paper conservator.

Sheet: 7 3/4 x 6 in. (19.5 x 15.4 cm.)
Mount: 13 5/8 x 12 in. (34.6 x 30.7 cm.)


The flowered garland in the hair and the pose of the figure in this drawing, in which the woman draws her robe across her breast with her right hand, appears to relate to the figure of Abigail in Guido Reni’s painting, The Meeting of David and Abigail (circa 1615/20), held at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.


Unidentified / Unknown Artist