Traditionally attributed to Giovanni Lanfranco, this impressively large sheet was first given to Beinaschi by Nicholas Turner. More recently, Francesco Grisolia identified it as a preparatory study for the Virgin and Child in Glory with Saints, painted on the ceiling of Santa Maria del Rifugio, Naples. Heavily restored in recent times, this ceiling was completed by September 1665, as confirmed by records of payment recently published by Simona Carotenuto ('Una precisazione sul primo soggiorno napoletano del Beinaschi', Cinquanta racconti per i dieci anni, Catanzaro, 2013, pp. 311-16). The sheet is a new addition to Beinaschi's corpus of drawings dating to the beginning of his Neapolitan stay (he arrived there in 1663), and an eloquent example of his expressive brush technique, further attested by a similar ceiling design in the Albertina (inv. 1026).
We are grateful to Francesco Grisolia for his assistance in cataloguing this drawing.