FRANCESCO TREVISANI

(Capodistria 1656-1746 Rome)

Interior with a Man and a Woman Seated at a Table in Conversation


pen, black ink and wash on paper

7 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches (20 x 17.5 cm)

Provenance:

Sir Robert Ludwig Mond (1867-1938), London (L.2813a).
Suida-Manning Collection, New York.
Private Collection, USA.

Literature:

Tancred Borenius assisted by Rudolf Wittkower, Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings by the Old Masters, formed by Sir Robert Mond, London, 1937, p. 63, no. 258.          



This attractive drawing has long been attributed to the Venetian painter Francesco Trevisani. It was catalogued as a work by Trevisani in the catalogue of the collection of Sir Robert Mond, although it likely already bore this attribution before he acquired it given the inscriptions on the mount and on the paper itself.

The drawing depicts a man and woman seated at a baroque table. They are shown rapt in conversation and are both gesturing to the right, their attention seemingly focused on something hidden beyond the shaped border that frames the drawing. The artist has focused much attention on the careful articulation of the flowing drapery and the play of light and shadow across the figures. Seated beneath the heavy curtain above, the man is partially cast in shadow, while the woman is bathed in bright light. Although the subject is at present unknown, it seems likely to have a literary or mythological source.