The former attribution to Quellinus cannot be maintained, and the drawing seems instead to be stylistically consistent with certain works by the Munich-born Hans Johann Rottenhammer, who was in Italy from 1588 until 1606. For much of that time, he worked in Venice, marrying a local woman and establishing a successful studio in the city. Rottenhammer's rare drawings from his time in Venice are most strongly influenced by the work of Palma Giovane, but Veronese also had an impact on his drawing style. Comparable sheets by the artist include the fine drawing of The Hosts of Pharoah Destroyed in the Red Sea, formerly in the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth3, and the Raising of Lazarus, still in the collection there.4
1. Inv. 1854,0628.4; R. Cocke, Veronese's Drawings, London 1984, pp. 94-5, no. 28
2. Cocke, loc. cit., fig. 16
3. Sold, London, Sotheby's, 6 July 2010, lot 59; M. Jaffé, The Devonshire Collection of Northern European Drawings, Turin/London/Venice 2002, vol. IV, pp. 516-7, no. 1571
4. Jaffé, op. cit., vol. IV, p. 519, no. 1573
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