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The Prophetess Deborah Ordering Barak to Take Arms against Sisera

Artist:
Francesco Solimena (Italian, Canale di Serino 1657–1747 Barra)
Date:
1728–33
Medium:
Brush and black ink, brush and gray wash, over black chalk (recto); small black chalk sketch of a nude male figure (verso)
Dimensions:
14-15/16 x 11-15/16 in. (37.9 x 30.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
63.98.1
Not on view
Solimena, the leading painter of his generation from Naples, became famous throughout Europe for his versatility as a painter of religious and mythological compositions on a monumental scale and for his portraits. In this free, rapidly drawn sketch, he represented the prophetess Deborah, seated under a palm tree, ordering Barak to take arms against Sisera (Judges 4: 5–7). The drawing is a study for Solimena’s Deborah and Barak, painted in Naples around 1728-33, and now in the Harrach’sche collection of Schloss Rohrau, Vienna.
Inscription: Numbered in brush and gray wash at lower right, 8; in pen and brown ink on verso, g [?] 18.
Wynne R.H. Jeudwine (British, 1920–1984)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings from New York Collections. III: The Eighteenth Century in Italy," January 30, 1971–March 21, 1971.

Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Golden Age of Naples: Art and Civilization under the Bourbons, 1734-1805," August 11, 1981–November 1, 1981.

Art Institute of Chicago. "The Golden Age of Naples: Art and Civilization under the Bourbons, 1734-1805," January 16, 1982–March 8, 1982.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15, 2014–September 29, 2014.

Walter Vitzthum, Anna Maria Petrioli Cento disegni napoletani: Sec. XVI-XVIII. Exh. cat., Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. No. 26, Florence, 1967, cat. no. under no. 98, p. 64.

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, cat. no. 3, pp. 21 - 22, ill.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 355, fig. no. 355, pp. 268-69, ill.

The Golden Age of Naples. Art and Civilization under the Bourbons. 1734-1805. Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago and The Detroit Institute of Arts, 2 vols., Detroit and Chicago, 1981, vol. 2, pp. 270-71, no. 93 (entry by Marina Causa Picone).

The Golden Age of Naples, Art and Civilization Under the Bourbons 1734 - 1805. Exh. cat., Michigan, The Detroit Institute of Arts (August 11-November 1, 1981), Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago (January 16-March 8, 1982). Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Institute of Arts, vol. 2, Detroit and Chicago, 1982, cat. no. 93, ill.



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