Antonio Tempesta (Florence 1555 - Rome 1630)

The Abduction of Persephone Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, over an underdrawing in black chalk, backed.
123 x 219 mm. (4 7/8 x 8 5/8 in.)


A fine and typical example of Tempesta’s draughtsmanship, this drawing may be related to an etching of the same subject by the artist, published in 1606 as part of a series of etchings for an illustrated edition of the Metamorphoses of Ovid. The print is captioned ‘Rapta Proserpina, Cyane in stagnum sui nominis convertitur.’

Among stylistically comparable drawings by Tempesta is a Conversion of Saint Paul, one of a large number of drawings by the artist in the Louvre, which is in turn related to another print.

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 2 July 1997, lot 147
Private collection, Florida, until 2012.


The Abduction of Persephone


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