Lot 298
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Giovanni Andrea Sirani

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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  • Giovanni Andrea Sirani
  • David with the Head of Goliath
  • oil on canvas, in a painted oval

Catalogue Note

Sirani visited the subject on at least one other occasion.1 The treatment of the thickly applied paint to describe David's curls can be closely compared to that of the figure of Eliezer in the Rebecca and Eliezer in the Pitti Gallery, Florence (see E. Negro and M. Pirondini, La scuola di Guido Reni, Modena 1992, p. 369, reproduced p. 374, fig. 354). 

We are grateful to Dr Emilio Negro for endorsing the attribution on the basis of a photograph.

1.  See the work sold New York, Christie's, 27 Janaury 2010, lot 279 for $38,000.