This is a copy after the original painting by Carlo Dolci, datable to 'circa' 1660–70, in the Uffizi, Florence.1 Antoine-Sébastien Falardeau moved from Quebec to Florence in 1846 to continue his artistic training. He was above all a copyist, and Dolci was one of his favourite models. Falardeau's fellow artist in Florence, Napoléon Bourassa, wrote in 1853: 'Falardeau is doing well in Florence ... I believe that within ten years he will succeed in duplicating the contents of the galleries in Florence.'2
2 Private archive, Madeleine Hamel (Quebec), Lettre de Napoléon Bourassa à Théophile Hamel, Décembre 1853.
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