Works by European artists are ready for purchase at Palazzo Caetani Lovatelli, Bertolami's gallery in Rome.

blog.php-1329 Francisco Trevisani (1656 Koper - 1746 Rome) attr., Birth of the Adonis, ink / paper, 300x301 mm
Price: £5 100

Francisco Trevisani was born in Koper, which is today the only seaport town in Slovenia. In the 17th century, however, the seaport belonged to Venice. Today, many works by Trevisani are in the Department of Drawings and Prints in the Uffizi, Florence. This drawing is presumably a draft of a painting or fresco depicting the Greek myth Myrrah, in the form of a myrrh tree, giving birth to Adonis.

blog.php-1330 Jacopo Confortini (1602 Florence - 1672) attr., attr. - Allegory of the Eucharist, ink and water color / paper, 126x359 mm
Price: £680

This work was made in preparation for a frieze. The assignment of the work to the Florentine painter Jacopo Confortini was made by comparison with his drawing of the resurrection of Lazarus, which is part of the Raffaele Garofalo collection.

blog.php-1331 Anonymous - design of a piece of furniture or a sacred decoration, brown ink and water color, 540x417 cm, Florence late 16th century
Price: £850

blog.php-1332 Anonymous - Balaam and the angel, brown ink / paper, 193x271 cm, 17th century
Price: £1 275

This anonymous drawing shows a scene of the Old Testament. To the haughty prophet Balaam, God repeatedly places angels in the way. Balaam's donkey turns away at each of these encounters, whereupon Balaam hits her. God gives the donkey the ability to speak, so that she can "address" her mean master. This scene still serves as a religious argument against animal cruelty.

blog.php-1333 Francesco Solimena (1657 Canale di Serino - 1747 Barra) attr., -Allegory of chastity, blue pencil and water color, 238x101 cm
Price: £4 250

The representation of the allegory of chastity in the form of a young woman is by the painter Francesco Solimena. Solimena was one of the most important painters of Naples at his time. He painted  the high altar of the chapel of the Belvedere palace in Vienna for Prince Eugene of Savoy Solimena.

blog.php-1334 LUIGI GARZI (1638 Pistoia - 1721 Rome) - Samson and Delilah, red chalk / paper, 185x230 cm
Price: £1 275

This drawing by Luigi Garzi depicts a scene from the Old Testament. It is the well-known episode in which treason is committed to the overly powerful Samson. Samson protected the people of Israel from oppression by the Philistines. His philistine wife, Delilah, knew that Samson's strength was to be found in his hair. She cut it off in his sleep and delivered him to her fellow countrymen.

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