5 December 2006
Pier Francesco Mola (Coldrerio 1612-1666 Rome)
The poet Baldini drinking in Melosi's bar
with inscription 'Questo disegnolo fece il Mola à Città della Pieve, nella Cantina del Melosi ove ere anco il Poeta Baldini, se lo fece scherzando' on an attached slip
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, minor losses
7¾ x 10½ in. (197 x 266 mm.)
An unidentified armorial collector's mark.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, 30 July 1937, lot 1 (22s.).
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Lugano, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Pier Francesco Mola, 1989, no. III.90.
Nicholas Turner suggests that the drinker in this scene may be Pietro Paolo Ubaldini, like Mola a member of Pietro da Cortona's studio.
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