5 December 2006
Pier Francesco Mola (Coldrerio 1612-1666 Rome)
A caricature of the artist presenting a picture of himself and Simonelli to the collector Panesio and another spectator
inscribed 'Mola [twice] Simonelli Invre. Panesio' (recto), drawn on a letter addressed 'Sig. Nicolo sim [onelli]' (verso, laid down)
pen and brown ink, brown wash, minor loss
5 x 7 in. (127 x 178 mm.)
Gift of E. Horsman Coles, 15 September 1920.
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H. Macandrew, Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings, III, Italian School Supplement, 1980, no. 915a.
Lugano, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Pier Francesco Mola, 1989, no. III.103.
Luigi Spezzaferro reads the insciption identifying the central figure in this scene as Sanesio, the name of an important Roman family who owned a number of pictures by Mola (Lugano, op. cit., under no. 104). For the relationship between Mola and Simonelli see note to lot 34 in this sale.
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