Anonymous sale, Zurich, Koller, 11 March 1993, lot 59, for CHF 26,000.
F. Magani, Antonio Bellucci, Rimini 1995, p. 92, cat. no. 25, reproduced; R. Polacco and E. Martini, Dipinti Veneti, Collezione Luciano Sorlini, Rome 2000, p. 128, no. 44, reproduced in colour.
Magani dates this canvas to around 1691–93, contemporaneous to Bellucci's work in Vienna in 1692, such as the cycle of four altarpieces painted for the church of Klosterneuberg. The style reflects Bellucci's formative period in Venice from the late 1670s onwards, and in particular the influence of painters such as Antonio Zanchi.
The canvas has a very firm lining, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals extensive but sensitively executed spot retouchings throughout, most notably through Rebecca's dress, to the figure's in the background on the left, in the hair of the kneeing man on the left, and throughout the foreground. These do not impede the reading of the image which appears bright and in overall good condition.
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