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The Family of Cain

Peter Oliver (British, London, 1589/1594–1647 Isleworth, Middlesex)
after Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, Verona 1528–1588 Venice)
ca. 1638–47
Pen and black and brown ink, brush and gray wash over red Chalk, highlighted with white gouache
sheet: 7 1/16 x 10 11/16 in. (18 x 27.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, David L. Klein Jr. Memorial Foundation Gift and Ian Woodner Family Collection Fund, 2000
Accession Number:
Not on view
Peter Oliver, the leading miniature painter at the court of Charles I, established his reputation with a series of minute watercolor copies after old master paintings in the collections of the king and his nobles. The Family of Cain reproduces a painting by Paolo Veronese (Museo del Prado, Madrid) presumably in England at the time. No watercolor version of the design is known, but extensive color notes on the back of this drawing suggest that Oliver planned to make one. The assured, softly rendered forms typify the artist's mature style, tempered by close study of Venetian art.
Inscription: Inscribed in pen and brown ink at lower right of recto: "P. Veronesi" (artist's hand)
Inscribed in pen and brown ink on verso: "b[rown] / Laik and wht / bron / of a lyter brovn / whitish / br / brown / brown / yellowish / brown / fayer / .w / fayer /.w +smalt / .w / fayer / bier / whit / yalow / .w / Laek and whit glazed / Laek / .w / +smalt." (color notes in artist's hand)
Christie's, London, June 14, 1983 (lot 7); Christie's, London, November 9, 1999 (lot 15); Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 28, 2002–April 21, 2002.

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