FRANCESCO DE MURA (Naples 1696 - 1782) STANDING ROMAN SOLDIER
Black chalk, 270 x 110 mm.
This drawing has passed through my hands about twenty years ago with an attribution to Solimena, which I sustained. In contrast today, thanks to a suggestion from Vittorio Azzoni, I think it should be attributed to Francesco De Mura, as shown by the comparison with this Flagellation in the Marcel Puech collection at the Musée Calvet d'Avignon, which is considered an important step in definition of De Mura's draughtsmanship and in the distinction of his drawings from those of his master.
LITERATURE: our drawing has been recently published in the catalogue by Arthur B. Blumenthal, in the Light of Naples, the Art of Francesco De Mura, catalogue of the exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida 2016.