We are grateful to Professor Scavizzi for confirming the attribution to Giordano of this sheet (e-mail dated 02/10/2007). He considers it of very fine quality, and suggests dating it between 1660 and 1665. There is no related painting, but the artist repeated this subject in another drawing in Capodimonte (inv.N°103288-176), which Professore Scavizzi dates circa 1670 (cf Oreste Ferrari and Giuseppe Scavizzi, Luca Giordano, Napoli 2000, D.59, fig.992), and in another drawing sold Christie’s London 03/30/1976 (lot n°66), which he dates circa 1665 (cf Oreste Ferrari and Giuseppe Scavizzi, Luca Giordano, nuove ricerche e inediti, Napoli 2003, D.057, not illustrated) as well as in three later paintings(cf. Ferrari-Scavizzi, op.cit.,A.281 ; A.357 ; A.409), and in an oil sketch on paper years ago in New-York (Pandora Old Masters, an exhibition of Old master drawings and oil sketches, 1999, n°13) . The technic of the present sheet, pen and brown ink on a preliminary red chalk drawing, is to be found in a group
of sheets of similar dimensions, mainly of biblical subject, which Professor Scavizzi (cf Luca Giordano…,2003, op. cit.) dates from the years 1660-1665.
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