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Lefevre, Valentin
Saint Ambroise Ordaining Saint Augustine
unknown date

This exceptionally fresh and lively drawing belongs to the oeuvre of a little-known artist: Lefèvre, born in Flanders, worked primarily in Venice during the third quarter of the 17th century, where he reinterpreted the classicism of Paolo Veronese and Pietro da Cortona into a restrained Baroque idiom.

His drawing production was apparently abundant, although not many sheets by him are known today. This work is clearly a study for a ceiling decoration, as yet unidentified, its expansive scenographic layout adjusted to fit the curves of the intended site.

 
Lefevre, Valentin
Born around 1642 - Died around 1681
Saint Ambroise Ordaining Saint Augustine
unknown date
pen, ink and wash over black chalk on paper
height / width: 20.50 x 34.00 cm; 8.07 x 13.38 in.
Gift of Bayside Lakeshore Properties Ltd., Montreal, 1998
41-018.70

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