Domenico PIOLA (Genoa 1627 - Genoa 1703)
The Triumph of Bacchus Sold
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, squared for transfer in red chalk.Inscribed Lepiola at the lower right. Laid down on an 18th century French mount, with the anonymous mountmaker’s drystamp ARD (Lugt 172) at the lower right of the mount.231 x 310 mm. (9 1/8 x 12 1/8 in.)ACQUIRED BY THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON, TX.ENQUIRE
With its spirited use of pen and wash, this drawing is one of the very finest and most elaborate examples of Domenico Piola’s fluent and spirited draughtsmanship. Although squared for transfer, it remains unrelated to any known painting or fresco by the artist. A large and finished drawing by Piola of a related subject of A Bacchanal with the Drunken Silenus on an Ass was on the art market in London in 1971 and was until recently in a private collection in Genoa, while a painting of a similar composition, though different subject, is the large Chariot of the Sun in the Palazzo Rosso in Genoa.
Private collection, France.