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Pier Francesco Mola (1612-1666)
Pier Francesco Mola (1612-1666)

The Virgin Immaculate below the Trinity surrounded by putti and angels

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Pier Francesco Mola (1612-1666)
The Virgin Immaculate below the Trinity surrounded by putti and angels
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, the outlines incised, corners made up
10 3/8 x 7½ in. (265 x 191 mm.)
Literature
A. Sutherland Harris, 'Review of Pier Francesco Mola', Master Drawings, 1992, XXX, 2, pp. 218 and 220, fig. 5.

Lot Essay

This is the earliest of four studies of the Immaculate Conception, probably related to a lost processional banner commissioned by Prince Camillo Pamphili in 1657-8. The closest in handling is that in a private collection in New York (N. Turner, 'Disegni', Pier Francesco Mola, exhib. cat., Lugano, Museo Cantonale d'Arte and elsewhere, 1989, no. II.29). Two other sketchier drawings were formerly in the Duca Roberto Ferretti Collection (sold at Christie's London, 2 July 1996, lot 60) and in Munich (E. Schleier, 'Pier Francesco Mola e la pittura a Roma', op. cit., p. 63, fig. 5).
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