In recent years a corpus of homogeneous paintings whose style comes very close to that of Caroselli has emerged. Little is known about the so-called Pseudo-Caroselli, an artist who must have had direct access to Caroselli, for their styles are often indistinguishable, save for a slightly harder edge to the Pseudo-Caroselli's forms, as well as an increased interest in the build-up of texture through an accentuated use of impasto. Perhaps the possibility that the present work should be given to the Pseudo-Caroselli should not be excluded, but the qualitative difference between the two artists is barely distinguishable. Moreover, our picture was published in Daniela Semprebene's monograph dedicated to Caroselli as a fully autograph work.
The painting's pendant, of very similar dimensions and also on slate, is in a private collection and was sold London, Phillips, 2 December 1997, lot 48, as by Caroselli.
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