Italian School from the 18th century
(Nocera de Pagani, 1657-Naples, 1747)
The Holy Trinity with Saint Philip Neri in Glory
Black chalk, pen, black ink and brown wash.
272 x 412 mm – 10 11/16 x 16 1/4 in.
Numbered : 129 en haut à gauche.
This drawing was made by an Italian artist of the 18th century, after the fresco in the dome of the Chapel of San Filippo Neri in the Church of the Oratorians (Chiesa dei Girolamini) in Naples, which was painted by Francesco Solimena between 1727 and 1730. Saint Philippe Neri (1515-1595), the founder of the Oratorian order, receives a crown or aureole from an angel, under the gaze of a female religious figure, probably Saint Francesca Romana (1384- 1440). A painting of this composition by the artist is kept at the Asmolean Museum in Oxford  (fig. 1).
Francesco Solimena is one of the main Neapolitan artists of the end of the Baroque period.
 Oil on canvas ; 75, 5 x 102, 5 cm ; Circa 1727-1730 ; inv. WA1937.124.