Italian School, 19th Century
Minerva before Envy
inscribed 'Minerva corre a ricercare dell'Invidia, e trova la Casa di questa furia in una valle profonda. La furia dunque si presenta a Minerva, ed' Ella gli comanda/ che attacchi Aglauro con la sua face pestifera per gastigarla di aver trasgredito ai suoi divieti' (in the lower margin in pen and ink)
black chalk, pen and brown ink, pen and brown ink double framing lines on paper, watermark an elaborate shield with initials 'Go../Liv/ Q.ma'
60.5 x 39.2cm (23 13/16 x 15 7/16in).
- Please note that two similar drawings from the same property and possibly by the same hand were offered for sale at Christie's, London, 19 April 1996 and Bonhams, London, 10 November 1998 lot 394 respectively (catalogued as Italian School, 18th Century.)