This captivating painting depicts the bust of an elegant young woman, possibly in the guise of a sibyl. She holds an arrow in her left hand, and a scroll (or a prophecy) in her right, as her lush russet hair tumbles down from beneath a purple headdress adorned with pearls and drapes over her shoulders. A few delicate wisps of curls, a signature detail of Pasinelli's, frame her face. This is very likely an early work by the artist, dating to the late 1640s, for it exhibits the influence of Flaminio Torri, particularly in the rendering of the figure’s hair, turban, and complexion. Stylistic comparisons can be drawn between the present canvas and two other works by Pasinelli dating to the same period, one of Sofonisba and the other a Sibyl, both in private collections. In all three works, a turbaned and introspective woman is set against a dark background and rendered with a restrained palette and a refined modelling that reveals supple flesh and soft features.
1. G. Zanotti, Nuovo fregio di gloria a Felsina sempre pittrice nella vita di Lorenzo Pasinelli pittor bolognese, Bologna 1703. Translation: A Glorious New Honor for Felsina, Perpetual City of Painters, in the Life of Lorenzo Pasinelli, Bolognese Painter.
2. See C. Baroncini, Lorenzo Pasinelli, Faenza 2010, pp. 151-152, cat. nos 2 and 3, reproduced plates I and II.
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