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Artist NameGiovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino) (1591 - 1666)
TitleThe Finding of the True Cross
Date of Artworkc. 1644
Mediumpen and brown ink with brown washes on buff paper
Size12 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. • 330 x 216 mm


Albert Roullier Art Galleries Printsellers (Fine Arts Building 414 S. Michigan Boulevard, Chicago) before 1938 (date of the closure of the gallery);
Private collection Las Vegas, Nevada (acquired by the grandparents of the seller from the above)

Further Information

This important rediscovery is a preparatory drawing for an unfortunately rather heavily damaged altarpiece executed by Guercino for San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti in Venice in 1644: Saint Helen Adoring the True Cross (fig. 1). Not seen since it was at auction at Christies London in 1924, this drawing has recently resurfaced from a private American collection. It was bought in Chicago during the early twentieth century by the family of the collector from the Prints and Drawings dealer Albert Roullier. The drawing remained in the family until it came to Christopher Bishop Fine Art.