Savoldo, Giovanni Girolamo (Brescia before 1480 – after 1548). A Venetian Lady. Half-length figure to the left. “(A) girl hurrying between old murals as she raises the garment for a moment and turns an exceedingly lovely, arch dainty face to the beholder” (Nagler). Steel engraving by William French (c. 1815 – East Grinstead 1898). 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Inscribed: Museum in Berlin. / G. Savoldo pinxt. / W. French sc. / Druck u. Verlag v. A. H. Payne, Leipzig u. Dresden., otherwise in German-English as above. 6⅜ × 4⅜ in (16.1 × 11 cm).
“ An exceedingly felicitous pictorial invention is the half-length figure of a young woman looking out of a draped wrap dragged over the head in the inscribed picture in Berlin (‘Ioanes Jeronimus Savoldus de Brisia Faciebat’), in the copy in the London Nat. Gall. and the former Coll. Giovanelli in Venice marked by the addition of a small ointment vessel as Mary Magdalene. The silky sheen of the olive-brown (in London silver-gray) wrap just as in both the two later copies the in the evening reddened sky are treated with greatest subtlety ”
(Wilhelm Suida in Thieme-Becker XXIX , p. 511).
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