Agostino Melissi
active circa 1631 circa 1680
A Monk at Prayer and smaller study of another praying Figure

PROVENANCE: From a collection formed in Tuscany in 18th Century. Many other drawings with inscriptions similar to these were associated with collections such as Baldinucci and Gabburri, their sale, Christies London 9 December 1986, part lot 192; Anonymous sale, Sothebys London, 1999, 14 April, lot 66; Professor Raymond E. Pahl, FBA (1935-2011).

Inscribed di Ago Melissi in pen and brown ink on the mount, black and red chalk and pen and black ink, watermark encircled sun, sheet extended

388 x 255 mm. (15 1/4 x 10 in.)


Melissi was a pupil of Matteo Rosselli and Biliverti. He worked for the Medici family and made cartoons for the tapestry workshops in Florence. Another drawing by the artist was also on the market in 1999 at Sothebys, 14 April, lot 64.