Description & Technical information

As Diana Gisolfi has noted, ‘Drawings form a significant part of Farinati’s oeuvre, especially his numerous chiaroscuro drawings on tinted paper, which were often used as modelli.’ The present sheet is likely to be a study for the type of devotional easel picture, sometimes painted on copper or slate, that Paolo Farinati produced for private patrons throughout his career. An interesting feature is the contrast between the highly finished nature of the main part of the composition and the more summary treatment of the donor figures at the bottom of the sheet. Although this large drawing cannot be related to any surviving work by Farinati, some compositional similarities may be noted with a late altarpiece of The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine, signed and dated 1603, in the Museo del Castelvecchio in Verona.

Among stylistically comparable drawings by Farinati are a Virgin and Child with Angels formerly in the Lever collection in Port Sunlight and a large drawing of The Annunciation which appeared at auction in 2001.

A previous owner of this oil sketch was the German art historian Kurt Bauch (1897-1975), who developed a particular specialization in the work of Rembrandt.

Period:  16th cnetury
Origin:  Verona
Medium: Pen, Brown ink and brown wash
Signature: Inscribed Paolo Veronese twice on the reverse.

Dimensions: 46.6 x 34.7 cm (18³/₈ x 13⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Kurt Bauch, Freiburg im Breisgau
Thence by descent until sold, London, Sotheby’s, 8 July 1998, lot 32.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints