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Francesco de Mura

Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Francesco de Mura

Francesco de Mura

Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well

Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Francesco de Mura

Naples 1696 - 1782

Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well


oil on copper, unframed

copper: 17 by 13 1/2 in.; 43.2 by 34.3 cm.

The copper support is stable and somewhat bent around the edges with a very slight convex bow. A few scratches and losses to the paint surface are visible, such as near Christ's feet, on the man at center's chest, and an area of restoration that has discolored in the tree at top center. Under UV inspection, tiny spots of unevenness to the paint layer fluoresce throughout, but other restoration is difficult to see, other than one small retouch on Christ's beard. Offered unframed.


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After a brief apprenticeship with Domenico Viola (1610/15 - 1696), and a more formative one with Francesco Solimena (1657 - 1747) --then the leading painter in Naples-- from about 1715, Francesco de Mura became an independent master by the 1730s, enjoying both secular and church patronage. The present copper depicts Christ and the Samaritan Woman, a subject that De Mura treated throughout his long career. Indeed, in composition, it is closely connected with a canvas the artist painted for the Abbey church at Montecassino (destroyed 1944), and should be dated to this early part of his career, to circa 1730-31. 


We are grateful to Prof. Nicola Spinosa whose opinion is the basis for this note.