Attributed to Onorio Marinari
"Judith and Holofernes"
oil on canvas laid down on masonite
unsigned, a "Dominion Gallery" stamp and Christie's labels en verso of masonite and frame backing.
masonite 46-3/8" x 34-5/8", framed 54-1/2" x 42-5/8"
Provenance: Dominion Gallery, Montreal, Canada; Christie's House Sale, New York, September 30, 2003, lot 372; Private collection.
Literature: Illustrated in Silvia Benassai, Onorio Marinari: Pittore nella Firenze degli Ultimi Medici. Florence, 2011.
Note: In April 2003, Dr. Sandro Bellesi examined the painting from a transparency and black and white photograph, and stated in a written communication with Christie’s, New York, that the work should be attributed to Marinari. Dr. Francesca Baldassari further confirmed Dr. Bellesi assessment in her correspondence dated July 14, 2003: “The [present] painting was probably an autograph by Onorio Marinari…the faces are very hard but I can still see the quality of Marinari in the laces and in the sleeve of ‘Judith’. In 2011, a near identical depiction of “Judith and Holofernes”, was offered at sale at Christie’s, London, July 6, 2011, lot 208, and has been included and illustrated in Silvia Benassai’s book on Marinari.