Lot 123 (Old Master Paintings & Drawings, 22nd April 2021)
ATTRIBUTED TO FRA SEMPLICE DA VERONA (VERONA 1589 - 1654)
Three studies of a Capuchin Friar
laid down with verso visible (inventory number on verso, 1026, 10)
125 x 200 mm (5 x 7 3/4 in.)
The present work draws comparison in subject and in treatment with other sheets by Fra Semplice da Verona from the Würzburg Collection in Germany and published by Stefan Morét in 2007. The drawn corpus by da Verona is thin and his drawings are rare; they most generally depict Capuchin Friars, as single studies or as part of larger compositions, in pen and brown ink and brown wash, almost always over red chalk.
Several of his later paintings were commissioned by the Capuchin order of which he was a member, and illustrated scenes and miracles from the life of Saint Felix of Cantalice, a Capuchin monk who was beatified in 1625.
(1) Stefan Morét, 'Alcuni disegni sconosciuti di Fra Semplice da Verona a Würzburg', in Arte Veneta, Milan, 2007, pp. 216-222
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