Studies of a Reclined Woman on a Seashell, for the Triumph of Galatea (recto and verso)
Paolo De Matteis (Italian, Piano del Cilento 1662–1728 Naples)
Brush and brown wash, over black chalk (recto); black chalk (verso)
10-1/2 x 7-13/16 in. (26.7 x 19.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1968
Not on view
Acquired in 1968 as a work by Mattia Preti (1613-1699), this double-sided drawing was brilliantly recognized as a work by the Neapolitan Baroque painter and drafstman Paolo De Matteis by Jacob Bean in 1979 and - in the same year - by Erich Schleier (see here 'References' for full updated bibliography). Bean connected the study with the "Triumph of Galatea", a painting signed and dated by De Matteis in 1692, now in the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan but originally displayed in the convent of Santa Giustina, Padua (oil on canvas, 125 x 127 cm, Reg. Cron. 610: on this painting see Linda Martino in 'Civiltà del Seicento a Napoli,' 1984, no. 29). Bean identified on the art market a second autograph study by De Matteis for the same reclining figure of Galatea, drawn in black chalk and brown wash (Christie's London, November 26, 1973, no. 290). The verso of the sheet, drawn entirely in black chalk, hosts the preliminary study for the reclining figure, which was thoroughly explored by De Matteis on the actual recto with brush and brown wash. After an early training in the workshop of Luca Giordano, De Matteis left Naples for Rome in 1683, where he was profoundly influenced by the style and draftmanship of Carlo Maratti. At lower right, the drawing bears an unidetified collector's mark in pen and ink featuring interlaced initials "DL". (F.R., 2014)
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower left, "P. Matteis."
Marking: At lower right, unidentified collector's pen mark with interlaced initials "DL" (Lugt 3179).
Unidentified Collector (Italian, Naples); P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings from New York Collections. III: The Eighteenth Century in Italy," January 30, 1971–March 21, 1971.
Jacob Bean "Ninety-seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year Annual Report 1966-1967, Reports of the Departments: Drawings." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 24, no. 2, New York, October 1967, no. 104, repr. (as Mattia Preti).
Jacob Bean, Felice Stampfle Drawings from New York Collections, vol. III: Eighteenth Century Italian Drawings. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 1971, p. 24, no. 10.
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, p. 218, no. 286, repr. (as Paolo de' Matteis).
Erich Schleier "Paolo de Matteis e non Marchesini, Trevisani o Amigoni." Paragone. No. 30 (355), September 1979, p. 67, figs. 59-60 (as Paolo de' Matteis).
Hugh MacAndrew Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings. Volume 3: Italian School: Supplement.. Oxford, 1980, under no. 1026-1.
Renato Roli, Giancarlo Sestieri I disegni italiani del Settecento: Scuole piemontese, lombarda, genovese, bolognese, toscana, romana e napoletana. Treviso, 1981, p. 109, no. 186.
Nicola Spinosa Civiltà del Seicento a Napoli. Exh. cat., Naples, Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte (October 24, 1984- April 14, 1985) and Museo Pignatelli (December 6, 1984 - April 14, 1985). Naples, 1984, p. 246, under no. 2.59 (entry by Linda Martino).
Nicola Spinosa Pittura napoletana del Settecento dal Barocco al Rococò. Naples, 1986, p. 133, under. no. 123.
Livio Pestilli Paolo de Matteis: Neapolitan Painting and Cultural History in Baroque Europe. Farnham, Surrey, 2013, pp. 284-85, 301, fig. 13.22 (verso only reproduced).
Artist: attributed to Paolo De Matteis (Italian, Piano del Cilento 1662–1728 Naples) (?)Date: 1662–1728Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and wash over traces of black chalkAccession: 17.236.15On view in:Not on view