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The current lot is the property of the last descendant of the Matessi Family. The latter is recorded in the Libro d' Oro (Book of the Italian Nobility) of the Ionian Islands. The family roots are traced back to Lazzaro Matessi who was in the Service of Venice in the Peloponnese and subsequently the Head of the Noble House of Zakynthos, one of the Ionian Islands which were under Venetian rule. Until the early 17th century the family was probably Catholic since the names encountered are Italian. However, the marriage of Giovanni Matessi (b. 1645) to a Greek lady, Assimina Calofonou, led to their children receiving Greek names. This might suggest the conversion of the family to Orthodoxy, the latter having been adopted by the successive descendants to the present day. The lot offered here has been inherited via the line of Giovanni Matessi, who was a contemporary of the artist Theodore Poulakis. It would make sense to assume that this panel, which prefigures the Baptism of Christ, was produced on the occasion of a family christening or even a possible conversion of the family to Orthodoxy.