Valentin LEFEVRE - 1642 - 1700
The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
Venetian School

Grey wash over red chalk

45.0 X 25.0 cm

Euro : 1800,-

Valentin Lefevre, born in Brussels in 1642, was already active in Venice by 1664 studying the works of Paolo Veronese in the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. His master piece was created between 1670 and 1673, "Saint Maur in Glory" made for the church of Santa Giustina in Padua, his other works include the "Dream of Jacob" for the stairwell of the Cloister of S. Giorgio Maggiore. In 1680, Valentin Lefevre produced a large series of etchings for the Van Campen publication of "The Works of Veronese and Titian", which was reprinted in 1682. He is then listed as being active in England between 1680 and 1682, which is often also his considered death date, but most recently scholars believe that Valentin Lefevre died in Venice in 1700.

For the 1680 Van Campen publication, Valentin Lefevre furnished several drawings after the works of Titian and Paolo Veronese which served for the realization of the large etching series and are today the nucleus of his graphic oeuvre. The present drawing can be compared to that group on stylistic grounds, but is much rarer in the technique of red chalk, as most drawings by Lefevre are executed in pen and brown ink. The composition can be connected to the famous altarpiece by Luca Giordano in Venice.


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