(Siena c.1569 - Siena 1622)
Saint Michael the Archangel and the Devil
Numbered 307 or 309 [partially cut off] at the top edge, and 309 at the bottom edge.
231 x 138 mm. (9 1/8 x 5 3/8 in.)
The figure of Saint Michael the Archangel appears in a handful of paintings and frescoes by Folli, including a number of lost works, such as an altarpiece of The Virgin and Child with Saint Michael Archangel and other Saints, painted in 1617 for the church of San Michele Arcangelo at Vico Alto, just outside the city walls of Siena. A similarly armoured figure of the saint, although without the devil at his feet, appears in Folli’s large altarpiece of The Virgin and Child with Saints Peter, Francis, Catherine of Alexandria, Paul and Michael Archangel, datable to the first decade of the 17th century, in the church of San Biagio in Castiglione d’Orcia, as well as in a painting of The Virgin and Child with Saints Michael Archangel and Jerome, today in the town hall of Massa Marittima.
Folli’s work as a draughtsman reveals the distinct influence of Alessandro Casolani, and the drawings of the two have sometimes been confused. The largest extant group of drawings by or attributed to Folli is today in the Biblioteca Comunale in Siena, and other sheets are in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin, the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Uffizi in Florence, the Museo Cerralbo in Madrid and the Louvre in Paris, as well as in the collection of the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth. The number of drawings that can be securely connected to finished paintings by the artist is, however, fairly small.
Private collection, St. Paul, Minnesota.