(Florence 1560 - Naples After 1631)
A Dominican Saint (St. Vincent Ferrer?) Preaching
Faintly inscribed Loyola predica(?) at the lower margin.
Inscribed Bernardin P[-] on the verso.
Further inscribed SES and numbered C 954 on the verso.
233 x 189 mm. (9 1/8 x 7 1/2 in.) [image]
257 x 192 mm. (10 1/8 x 7 5/8 in.) [sheet]
Among other stylistically comparable drawings by Balducci are a Calling of Saint Matthew in the Uffizi, an Adoration of the Magi in the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich and an Apollo and the Muses in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
The present sheet bears the collector’s mark of the late 17th century Dutch physician Peter Sylvester (d.1718), a Protestant who was born in Bordeaux but raised and educated in Holland. Sylvester served as a physician at the court of William III, Prince of Orange and King of England, with the title of ‘Commissioner of the Sick and Hurt’, and seems to have assembled a small collection of prints and drawings, about which relatively little is known today.
‘Prouts collection’ (according to an inscription on the former mount)
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 13 January 1988, lot 74
Nissman, Abromson & Co., Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1989
Private collection, Florida.