Pietro Antonio de' Pietri (Premia 1662 - Rome 1716)
The Birth of the Virgin Sold
Red chalk and red wash, extensively heightened with white, with framing lines in red chalk. Made up at the lower right corner.Numbered 50 in the lower centre margin. 255 x 173 mm. (10 x 6 3/4 in)ENQUIRE
The composition of this drawing is partly based, in reverse, on an etching of The Birth of the Virgin by Carlo Maratta, which, like most of the elder artist’s prints, is thought to date from the beginning of his career, before 1660. In the present sheet, Pietro de’ Pietri has made some significant changes to Maratta’s composition, notably in the replacement of two women standing at the left edge of the print with the figure of Saint Joseph, and the addition of putti at the top of the composition.
Pandora Old Masters, New York, in 1999Private collection, until 2011.