Luigi Ademollo, born
in Milan in 1764, began his studies in his native city before he
transferred to Rome where he studied classical antiquities. In 1799
he was called to Florence to decorate the Teatro della Pergola,
since destroyed. In Florence he was also active on the decoration
of Palazzo Pitti, the Chiesa Annunziata and palazzos Pucci and Capponi.
Luigi Ademollo was also active in the surroundings of Florence where
his works can be found in Livorno, Arezzo, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Pomarance,
Circignano, etc. Luigi Ademollo is also known as an exceptional
etcher; he died in Florence in 1849.
The present drawing
belongs to a series by Luigi Ademollo, executed in the same technique
and of the same dimension and semi-circular composition. The all
represent scenes from the life of Christ and are inscribed and signed
by the artist. One such drawings, "The Carrying of the Cross"
is in a private collection in Modena, and two others, "The
Deposition" and the Adoration of the Magi" are in the
Bibliotheca Marucelliana in Florence (inv.nos.28, 29).