Poli 1621 - 1691 Rome
A sybil holding a paper
oil on canvas
67 by 54 cm.; 26⅜ x 21¼ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively dirty, and the varnish only slightly discoloured. There appears to be a 2 inch wide additional vertical strip, to the canvas on the left margin, with retouching along the join or fold. There is also a small loss in the lower left corner. Scattered, pin-prick losses with associated retouching are visible in the sibyl's neck, the right-hand side of her face, and in the background to the right of this. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a handful of small, older retouchings in the sibyl's face, and more recent retouchings in the upper right corner, in the background to the right, in the paper, around her hand (lower right), and in the lower left corner. Some lines of strengthening appear in the folds of her cloak just below the brooch, and in her shoulder. Further brushstrokes fluoresce on the left-hand side across the join or fold. In overall good condition.
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The present lot should be compared to a similar composition offered New York, Sotheby’s, 11 January 1990, lot 77 (see Zeri Archive Number 47774). The execution of the present work is comparable to that in Brandi's Saint Francis weeping of similar dimensions (65.5 x 49.5 cm.) in the Ducrot Collection.(1)
1 L. Treves, Passion for Baroque painting: The Ducrot Collection, Macerata 2016, p. 44, cat. no. 3, reproduced p. 45.