R. Polacco and E. Martini, Dipinti Veneti, Collezione Luciano Sorlini, 2000, p. 112, no. 36, reproduced in colour.
According to Adriana Augusti in Polacco and Martini's publication cited above, the work was painted during Giordano's last stay in Venice, and is datable to after 1675–76 on the basis of stylistic comparisons (see Polacco and Martini 2000, p. 112). We are grateful to Professor Giuseppe Scavizzi for endorsing the attribution to Giordano upon inspection of photographs.
The canvas has a sensitive relining with no major damages visible.
Inspection under ultra violet light reveals some scattered minor retouchings throughout but nothing too significant; the canvas is in good overall condition.
Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame in good condition, with only a few minor chips and losses. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."