Lot Content

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
Pier Francesco Mola (Coldrerio 1612-1666 Rome)
Pier Francesco Mola (Coldrerio 1612-1666 Rome)

Joseph greeted by his brethren

Details
Pier Francesco Mola (Coldrerio 1612-1666 Rome)
Joseph greeted by his brethren
pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark encircled six-pointed star with a cross and letter A
6 x 8 in. (15.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Literature
R. Cocke, Pier Francesco Mola, Oxford, 1972, p. 58, under no. 49 (described as a ricordo of the fresco).

Brought to you by

Lucy Cox
Lucy Cox Sale Coordinator

Check the condition report or get in touch for additional information about this

Condition Report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

A study in reverse for the fresco datable to 1656-57 in the Palazzo Quirinale, Rome (Fig. 1; F. Petrucci, Pier Francesco Mola (1612-1666): Materia e colore nella pittura del '600, Rome, 2012, no. D24, pp. 81-5, 462-67). A drawing which is closer to the composition of the fresco is at Holkham (Inv. 15694; R. Cocke, op. cit., pl. 61). Five further studies in pen and brown ink exploring the composition are known (see R. Cocke, op. cit., pls. 65, 66, 71 and 72, F. Petrucci, op. cit., pp. 466-67 and Sotheby's, London, 2 July 1984, lot 64). The artist also explored different elements of the composition in a number of drawings (see R. Cocke, op. cit., pls. 63, 64, 67-70 and F. Petrucci, op. cit., pp. 466-67).

We are grateful to Nicholas Turner for confirming the attribution to Pier Francesco Mola after examining the drawing in person, and for his help in cataloguing it.

Fig. 1. Pier Francesco Mola, Joseph greeted by his brethren, fresco, Palazzo Quirinale, Rome.

More from Brian Sewell - Critic & Collector

View All
View All