Meeting of Ladies

Ottavio Leoni (1578-Rome-1630)

Oil on copper 29.7 x 38.9 cm (11.7 x 15.3 in.) Circa 1598

The composition draws inspiration from a graphic studio today in Berlin traced by Ottavio around 1595-97. In addition to the Berlin graphic studio, the attribution to Leoni junior is based on its comparison with the early works of the artist, in particular with the faces of the angel and of the Annunciate of the Pala Pacifici, realized in 1597-98 for the church of Sant´Eustachio in Rome, or with the even earliest Dama with Ruff in private collection, carried out around 1594-97.

The work, therefore, constitutes a new important piece for the artistic beginnings of the artist, who despite some formal ingenuity in the physiognomic rendering, reveals an original style and a special attitude to miniature and "small painting", on the eve of his entrance in the court of Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte.


Y. Primarosa in F. Solinas (edited by), Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630). Les portraits de Berlin, Rome 2013; Y. Primarosa, ´Statilio e Faustina Pacifici committenti e collezionisti di Ottavio Leoni´, in Collezioni romane dal Quattrocento al Settecento: protagonisti e comprimari, Rome 2013; Y. Primarosa, Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630). Eccellente ministro di ritratti, Rome 2017

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Private collection, Forlì


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