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Francesco de Mura trained in the studio of the great Neapolitan painter Francesco Solimena and was one of the leading fresco painters in Naples from the 1730s. This painting is a highly finished sketch (or modello), which may have been painted to show the patron the appearance of the finished composition or to guide the artist’s assistants in the execution of the initial stages. The commission was to decorate the dome in the church of San Nicola alla Carità in Naples, where De Mura’s fresco survives, but in poor condition.
oil on canvas
H 139 x W 224 cm
CVCSC : 0237.S