Circle of GIOVANNI ANDREA SIRANI (Italian, 1610-1670)
    Woman with a Violin (possibly Saint Cecilia)
    Oil on canvas
    33-1/4 x 25-1/4 inches (84.5 x 64.1 cm)

    Private collection, Vienna, Austria, circa 1750-1949;
    Private American collection, 1949 to present.

    During the course of the 16th and 17th centuries, with the revival of interest in antique and classical themes in art, the subject of sibyls (prophetesses) became popular in painting. Following Michelangelo's lead, numerous Baroque painters whose figurative work became increasingly monumental, found the motif of the turbaned sibyl an attractive convention for representing female beauty and intelligence. The present work combines some of the characteristics of a sibyl--notably the turban and and incisive directed gaze--with a musical instrument which falls into the realm of the muses or Saint Cecilia. Two other notable Baroque artists to have painted a figure of this type, with a violin, which have been identified as Saint Cecilia, were Giovanni Francesco Romanelli and Orazio Gentileschi. Italian Baroque scholar, Dr. Ann Sutherland Harris, has kindly noted on the basis of photographs that the present work certainly seems to be the work of a Bolognese artist, and likely a painter in the orbit of Giovanni Sirani who frequently painted turbaned female figures. He is best known as the father of artist Elisabetta Sirani.

    Condition Report*:

    Original canvas; faint craquelure throughout; stable surface; under UV exam, appears to be boad in-painting in background, and scattered spots of in-painting in figure's face, chest and hands, as well as her frock and violin, most of which are visible to the naked eye (in natural lighting), but old varnish layer makes painting surface difficult to read.Framed Dimensions 42.75 X 34.75 Inches

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