A Vestal Virgin Entombed

A Vestal Virgin Reclining by a Holy Flame
Una vergine vestale distesa accanto ad un sarcofago

after 1775
Giovanni David (Italian, 1749–1790)


Sheet: 44.2 x 29.4 cm (17 3/8 x 11 9/16 in.) Framed: 66.5 x 52 cm (26 3/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Brush and brown ink, with brown and gray wash, heightened with white, red, green, and gray opaque watercolor, over black chalk on paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, July 3, 1995, lot 147 (as attributed to Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours); anonymous sale, London, Christies, July 8, 2003, lot 56 (as Giuseppe Bernardino Bison); Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd., 2004 (London); private collection, until October 2008 (Kyoto, Japan); Stephen Ongpin Fine Art (2008); from whom purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession date: March 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection