Venetian School, 18th century
Sainte Cecilia surrounded by angels
Inscribed veronese with pencil lower left and numered N13 lower right. Inscribed véronèse on the verso.
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, red chalk.
245 x 181 mm – 9 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.
We find in this charming drawing the graphic habits the artist inherited from Sebastiano Ricci and Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini but reinterpreted in a way that recalls Gaspare Diziani: the combination of wash and red chalk, but also the promptness, elongation of figures, curly hair of putti. Nevertheless, there is something that retains us from attributing this drawing to him and makes us rather look among his students and collaborators. The overall style of this sheet is a little rounder and the draughtsmanship is more detailed.
The patron of musicians, Saint Cecilia is a virgin martyr from the early Christian times who has been commemorated in the Canon of the Mass in the Latin Church since 496. The story of her life was spread by Jacques de Voragine and inspired many paintings and musical works.
Condition report – Laid down on an old paper. Very good condition. A minor loss lower left.