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Francesco Solimena (Canale di Serino 1657-1747 Barra di Napoli)
Francesco Solimena (Canale di Serino 1657-1747 Barra di Napoli)

The Battle of Issus

Details
Francesco Solimena (Canale di Serino 1657-1747 Barra di Napoli)
The Battle of Issus
oil on canvas
26 x 24 in. (66.2 x 61 cm.)
Provenance
(Possibly) Colonna di Stigliano, Naples.
with Bruno Meissner, Zurich, 1981.
Literature
(Possibly) F. Bologna, Francesco Solimena, Naples, 1958, p. 257.
Exhibited
Detroit, Institute of Arts, The Golden Age of Naples, 9 August-1 November 1981, no. 47.

Lot Essay

This is possibly the bozzetto recorded by Francesco Colonna di Stigliano in 1895 in the inventory of the collection of his family ('Inventario dei quadri di Casa Colonna fatto da Luca Giordano', Napoli Nobilissima, V, 1895, p. 30). It relates to a picture of the same subject in the Escorial, Madrid (F. Bologna, loc. cit.). A preparatory drawing for that picture is in the Museo di San Martino, Naples (no. 20881, F. Bologna, op. cit., p. 270).
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