MARCANTONIO FRANCESCHINI (Bologna 1648 - 1729) ALLEGORY OF CHARITY
Red chalk, over traces in black chalk, incised for transfer. Lined in red chalk. Watermark: trefoil in a circle with letters SC, letters BERGAMO in a cartouche. 220 x 297 mm.
This drawing is closely related to a painting on copper which has been sold at Bonhams and Brooks, London, in 2001. The painting (one of a pair, the other one being an allegory of Liberality) has been published by Dwight Miller, see Dwight Miller, 'Marcantonio Franceschini', Artema, 2001; p. 365. Dwight Miller dated the painting 1680-82, when Franceschini was still influenced by the languid style of his master, Carlo Cignani. This drawing too shows a strong influence of Cignani's draughtsmanship.