When this drawing last appeared on the market it was described as a study for Rebecca at the Well, but the rediscovery by Stella Rudolph of Maratta's Christ and the Samaritan at the Fountain, which was subsequently exhibited and published in 2000,1 clarifies the nature and function of the present work.
1. S. Rudolph, L’idea del Bello: Viaggio per Roma nel Seicento con Giovan Pietro Bellori, Rome 2000, p. 474, no. 19, reproduced
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