Red chalk on laid paper.
271 x 418 mm. (10 7/8 x 16 in)
The primary support has been laid onto an 18th century mount (the Skippe mount), there are minor losses in the lower left corner and some other very minor losses in the paper. Otherwise the drawing is in an excellent condition and the red chalk is very fresh. Some pencil notes on the mount.
John Skippe, his mount and attribution in pen and red ink Giacomo Parolini, by descent to Edward Holland Martin; Christies, 21 November 1958, lot 149 (c) (3 in the lot this the lead drawing as Giacomo Parolini); with Alister Mathews, Dorset; Private collection, Canada, since 1970.
Giacomo Parolini (16631733) was mainly active in Ferrara, there are no known drawings by the artist, however the attribution of this drawing dates back to the 19th and possibly 18th century. The style of this drawing has some connection to the graphic style of Bologna, and Parolini did travel to train with Simone Cantarini. Parolini is apprenticed with Carlo Cignani in Bologna, till the latter leaves for Forl. In Bologna he worked with Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole and Giuseppe Maria Crespi. He then travelled to Turin, Venice and Rome. In about 1699, he returns to Ferrara where he marries. He painted the ceiling of Carmine in San Paolo. In the Certosa he painted a Crucifixion', and he paints numerous other altarpieces in Ferrara, including a Last Supper in the Cathedral and a St. Sebastian for the church of San Sebastiano of Verona.