The Virgin Presenting the Portrait of Saint Dominic to the Friar of Soriano

Giacinto Diano (Italian, 1731–1803), Formerly attributed to Francesco de Mura (Italian (Naples), 1696–1782)


Unframed: 76.6 x 76.6 cm (30 3/16 x 30 3/16 in.) Framed: 81.3 x 81.3 cm (32 x 32 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View





Francesco de Mura was the best student of Francesco Solimena and the most important painter in Naples in the mid-eighteenth century. This oil sketch, clearly a study for a ceiling painting for a Dominican religious institution, was probably painted after about 1740, making it a fine example of De Mura’s mature style.


May 23, 1986, anonymous ("property of a lady") sale, Christie's, London, lot 50 to Azita Bina and Elmar W. Seibel, Boston; 2006, gift of Azita Bina and Elmar W. Seibel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 2007)

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Gift of Azita Bina and Elmar W. Seibel