CERUTI, Giacomo
(b. 1698, Milano, d. 1767, Milano)

Beggar Resting

Oil on canvas, 128 x 142 cm
Private collection

This full-length, almost life-size, depiction of a poor old man was designed to fit over a door or window, as suggested by the low viewpoint and the traces of brown preparatory underdrawing. The stick of the sitting figure of about seventy years of age, the knapsack on his shoulders, and the wicker basket all identify him as a pilgrim rather than as a beggar seeking alms.