Filippo NAPOLETANO (Naples or Rome 1589 - Rome 1629)

Ships on a Stormy Sea

Pen and two shades of brown ink and brown wash.
Made up at the top left corner, and the sheet backed.
165 x 257 mm. (6 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)


Both thematically and stylistically, the present sheet may be compared with a number of drawings by Filippo Napoletano, such as a large and impressive Naval Battlein the Louvre. Another drawing of ships on a stormy sea, more freely executed in pen and brown wash, is in the Art Institute of Chicago, while a study of a Shipwreck in the Albertina in Vienna may also be compared to the present sheet. Perhaps the closest compositional comparison, however, may be made – as Marco Chiarini has noted - with a drawing of Boats in a Storm in the collection of the Biblioteca Academiei Romî in Bucharest.

Mathias Komor, New York
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 2 July 1990, lot 155 (as attributed to Agostino Tassi)
Galerie Paul Prouté, Paris, in 1993
Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20 October 2000, lot 160
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 2003
Private collection, Middlesex
Thence by descent.

Marco Chiarini, ed., I disegni italiani della Biblioteca dell’Accademia di Romania a Bucarest: Catalogo generale, Florence, 2004, p.74, under no.XXXVII (entry by Marco Chiarini); Marco Chiarini, Teodoro Filippo di Liano detto Filippo Napoletano 1589-1629: Vite e opere, Florence, 2007, pp.460-461, no.388.


Ships on a Stormy Sea


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