Pier Francesco Mola
Coldrerio 1612 - 1666 Rome
Elijah in the Fiery Chariot
Pen and brown ink and wash over red chalk, within partial red chalk framing lines;
bears old attribution in brown ink, lower left: mich. ange de carr...ge.
232 by 124 mm; 9 1/8 by 4 7/8 in
Hinge mounted to a modern cream mount. There are a number of small losses to the upper, left and lower edges. There is some minor toning to the sheet, however the drawing itself remains in good condition throughout, with the combination of media strong. Sold unframed.
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This characteristic example of Mola's draughtsmanship does not appear to be connected to any surviving work by the artist, though it can be closely compared on stylistic grounds to an exquisite sheet depicting Venus Rescuing Aeneas, previously in the collection of Paul and Helen Bernat, datable to circa 1650.1
1. Sale, London, Sotheby's, 6 July 2010, lot 29