(Florence 1772 - Milan 1850)
The Head of Andromache Mourning over the Foot of Hector
Inscribed Questa dona a Durelli il professore Sabatelli per Sua memoria in brown ink at the lower centre and right.
Further inscribed Fece(?) Luigi in the lower margin.
Numbered L30 on the backing sheet.
295 x 215 mm. (11 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.)
The artist’s inscription at the bottom of the sheet notes that the drawing was presented by him to a certain ‘Durelli’, probably one of his students during his time as a professor at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. This may refer to either the printmaker Gaetano Durelli (1789-1855) or his younger brother, the decorative draughtsman Francesco Durelli (1792-1851), both of whom studied at the Brera.
In 1808 Sabatelli was appointed a professor of painting at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, where he lived and worked for the remainder of his long career. Although he executed many decorative projects in Milan and throughout Lombardy, he continued to work occasionally in his native Florence, notably between 1820 and 1825, when he painted the frescoes in the Sala dell’Iliade in the Palazzo Pitti. These show the influence of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who was in Florence around this time and with whom Sabatelli became friendly. (The influence of Ingres is similarly evident in the Italian artist’s portrait drawings of this period.) Sabatelli worked in the church of San Filippo Neri in 1830 and undertook the decoration of the Tribuna di Galileo in the Palazzo della Specola, completed in 1841. He also illustrated a History of Florence, written by Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte and printed in 1833. A talented printmaker in his own right, Sabatelli also provided finished drawings for other engravers. Among his engraved designs are the series of Pensieri diversi, published in Rome in 1795, and The Plague of Florence, inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron and published in 1801.