ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO called Il Lissandrino (Genoa 1667 - 1749) A MALE SAINT ADORING THE CRUCIFIX
Red chalk and pen with brown ink, 211 x 155 mm. On the verso a light sketch, in reverse, for half figure of the Saint on the recto.
I attribute here the drawing to Alessandro Magnasco, with a quite early dating (late seventeenth century, beginning of the eighteenth). There are strong similarities with relatively early drawings in red chalk as in pen and red chalk. See, for example, the drawing offered at Christie's, Rome, in May 1986 (Disegni dal XVI al XX secolo, lot 562, red chalk, 184x143 mm.)
Moreover, the young page that holds the tiara is very similar, in reverse, to the page near Theodosius in the painting Theodosius Repulsed from the Church by Saint Ambrose, in the the Art Institute of Chicago, an example of painting by Magnasco at the change of the centuries, still strongly influenced by Genoese baroque painting.
According the manuscript notes written on the mount by a previous anonymous owner, our drawing was sold at Sotheby's, Florence, in 1979, as Bolognese School. On the mount are also recorded two attributions: to Piazzetta and to Sebastiano Ricci. The latter is meaningful. In fact the drawing presents concordances in handling and also in the composition with drawings and paintings by Ricci, whose contacts and friendship with Magnasco began in Milan at the end of the XVII century.