Though a painting by Guercino depicting this precise subject is unknown, it seems highly likely that a picture, recently on the New York Art market1 is a studio copy of a lost original by the master. The proximity in key compositional elements between our drawing and this painting is striking, and though the sitter of the painting was previously described as Aurora, an argument for Vigilance seems far more compelling.
We are grateful to Dr. Paul Taylor for his kind assistance in identifying the iconography depicted in this drawing, as well as for bringing the associated painting to our attention.
1. Sale, New York, Doyle, 25 January 2012, lot 30 (as Dutch School, 17th Century)
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