recto:  Mary with Christ child reclining on her lap, surrounded by draperies, ascending at center top, accompanied by nude male angels, with standing angels in top corners; angel in ULC plays a pipe; house-like structure at bottom center being lifted aloft by other angels on left and right sides and beneath structure; sketchy style; verso:  Mary with Christ child standing on her lap being carried aloft by a group of angels beneath and behind her, with three musical angels in ULC, playing a lute, a drum and a pipe

The Miracle of the Santa Casa of Loreto (recto); The Virgin and Child Carried by Angels (verso), c. 1700

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2015 Accession Highlight

The successful Roman painter Pietro Antonio de’ Pietri was a celebrated draftsman and his bravura is on full display in this double-sided sheet, which employs two very distinct manners. On the recto, his handling of the pen and brush is expressive and use of wash is bold, employed to represent the energy of the fluttering choir of angels and miraculous flickering light around the Virgin and Child. On the verso, in contrast, de’ Pietri represents the figures with exacting pen and ink lines and crosshatching to create the illusion of three-dimensions on the flat sheet of paper.

This is a superb example of the work of a skilled 18th-century Italian draftsman. This is a strategic area of the collection to cultivate as the market continues to under value the extraordinary quality of 18th-century Italian art.

recto:  Mary with Christ child reclining on her lap, surrounded by draperies, ascending at center top, accompanied by nude male angels, with standing angels in top corners; angel in ULC plays a pipe; house-like structure at bottom center being lifted aloft by other angels on left and right sides and beneath structure; sketchy style; verso:  Mary with Christ child standing on her lap being carried aloft by a group of angels beneath and behind her, with three musical angels in ULC, playing a lute, a drum and a pipe