DIETRICH, Christian Wilhelm Ernst
(b. 1712, Weimar, d. 1774, Dresden)
Holy Family in a Carpenter's Shop-
Oil on panel, 45 x 33 cm
A diverse and eclectic artist, Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich was highly skilled in imitating painters from a variety of different schools and time periods with great facility and technical knowledge. His most notable reproductions were inspired by the works of artists such as Adriaen van Ostade, Sebastiano Ricci, Rembrandt, Allart van Everdingen, Titian and Salvator Rosa. The present painting reflects the influence of Sebastiano Ricci, whose works Dietrich likely encountered on his trip to Italy in 1743.