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Title:: Aemilia, the Vestal Virgin , Relights the Sacred Fire Year::
Artist: Doyen, Gabriel-François After:  
Medium: pen and black ink Provenance: P.Prouté, 1981
Period: French 18th Century School/Style: Neoclassical
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Price: $10,000.00
Description: Finely finished drawing with varied tones of brown wash and extensive white heightening on laid paper, laid down to an old mount. The drawing was in the 1981 Prouté catalog (Giambattista), No. 28, fully given to Doyen and priced at ff. 25,000. Marc Sandoz, in a 1983 article disagreed with the attribution. Aemilia was an early Vestal Virgin, who, according to legend, relighted the sacred fire, which had gone out, by praying to Vesta and then throwing a piece of her garment onto the dead coals. Despite Sandoz' comment, the drawing of hands in particular seems quite consistent with other Doyen drawings.