(Taverna, Calabria, 1613 – 1699 La Valletta, Malta)
Oil on Canvas
47 ¾ x 38 ½ in
(121.5 cm x 98 cm)
Reichsfreiherr and Reichsgraf Marshal Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg, Palazzo Loredan a San Trovaso, Venice (by 1738-1747); by descent to his nephew: Christian Günther von der Schulenburg, Berlin (until 1765); by descent in the Schulenburg Family, Hannover (until 1986); when offered for sale as “Property of a member of the Schulenburg family,” Sotheby’s, London, Feb. 19, 1986, lot 67, as attributed to Guido Reni (withdrawn); then sold, Sotheby’s, London, December 10, 1986, lot 31, as by Mattia Preti; where purchased by:
Private Collection, 1986-2016
Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hannover, ca. 1950-1980
Listed in the 1738 inventory of Schulenburg’s collection in Venice, as “Cavalier Calabrese. Quadro con corncie [sic] dorata Rappresenta San Francesco mezza Figura. Alto 6 lar :4; costo 100, stima 60.” “Inventario Generale della Galleria di S: Eccellza Felt Mareschial Conte di Sculembourgh …Fino al presente 1738 30 Maggio”;published by Alice Binion, La galleria scomparsa del maresciallo von der Schulenburg: un mecenate nella Venezia del Settecento, translated and ed. by Tessie Vecchi. Milan 1990, p. 194.
John T. Spike, with Michele K. Spike, Mattia Preti; Catalogo raggionato dei dipinti / Catalogue raisonné of the Paintings. Taverna-Florence 1999, p. 160, cat. no. 71 ill., as by Preti, circa 1660
Prof. Keith Sciberras has personally (January 22, 2017) examined our St. Francis and in confirming Preti’s authorship, has dated the painting to the artist’s period of activity in Naples during the 1650s.