Lot 4 (Old Master Paintings and Drawings, 27th August 2020)
JACQUES STELLA (LYON 1596 - PARIS 1657)
oil on marble
18 x 27 cm (7 x 10 1/2 in.)
The present work can be related to various Marie Madeleine en prière on slate and marble dating from Stella's sojourn to Italy between 1622-34. His small scale paintings on semi-precious stones, a technique he learnt in Florence, were highly sought after by the collectors of the day. The present painting draws comparison with Judith and Holofernes, 30 x 36 cm, oil on slate, in the Galleria Borghese, Rome (Fig. 1). Stella developed a close relationship with the Borghese family while in Rome.
(1) see S. Laveissière & I. Dubois, Jacques Stella (1596 - 1657), exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Paris, 2006 n° 43, ill.
Sold for £3,125
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