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Good evening Mr. Lombardo,

I hope I am asking the right person; My mother has an 84 year old friend and she has various paintings in her living room. The problem is, she just knows they are very old but knows neither the painter nor the name of the paintings. I hope the picture is of sufficient resolution. We would be very happy to just know the name of the painting or artist. Thank you for your time.

Kind regards,

Hello Nalia,
Thank you for the very interesting question, which as usual  -  also poses greata number of other queries, which all need to be answered.
The  image which you have provided, is taken at a slanting angle.

This important and technical fact, in combination with the glass in the picture frame - always distorts the real image.
However; my best opinion is that it is an 18th century print, and probably originated in either Italy - or Southern Germany.

The scene is based on an ancient classical Greek myth, probably concerning the many legends about Hercules, and the  serpent  called a Hydra.
Today, we would probably use the term of; ”Good - which is fighting over Evil”.

Unfortunately you give no location as to your >>Canton<<  in Switzerland  and  therefore, you will  need some  “real time”  and very “hands on”  assistance, in order to take your own personal  needs/expectations - to the next level.
I would therefore advise you to contact a >>reputable<< auction house, close to your own location and make an appointment.

It is a very common and also a great false misnomer, to imagine that any human person can just  look at a photograph, and then provide you with all of the answers.
However; in order to provide you with the best possible answers, much more research and  forensic examinations would need to take place, regarding the print.

Therefore; although by providing such photographic images is very helpful, however it does not provide sufficient evidence, as to the real identity of any object.
Such images, are  only  preliminary indicators, and never the absolute proof of identity!

Therefore your  first trip is to visit an auction house,  and later perhaps -  more experts would need to be consulted.
Rather like visiting  a doctor or  a medical specialist  - I would perhaps consult >> 2<< separate auction houses, in order to provide a measure of certainty; regarding any information.

Very good luck at the auction house, and also with establishing the provenance of the rest of you mothers personal assets.

Take care.

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D. E. Lombardo


I am unable to answer enquiries concerning objects, which are NOT related to the areas of Fine Art and Antiques. Nor will I; on the sole basis of any photographic images be willing to give any definitive monetary valuations, or monetary opinions. In such cases I would always advise on getting “real time” valuations and opinions from reputable and qualified auction houses, or third parties. In some applicable cases, I may perhaps give general indications of value, based on the presented materials. True valuations always need a direct “hands on” approach, with perhaps also the necessary research and verifications. Broadly open to almost all questions, regarding the majority of both European, American quality objects, which are related to both Antiques and Fine Art. This also includes modern 20th century designer objects such as furniture etc. My own particular comfort zone areas would be; The decorative Arts, marble, stone, furniture, ivory, bone, amber, ceramics and porcelain, sculpture, glass, silver and metal objects etc. I will also answer inquiries, and give opinions concerning Dutch 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings. Please note that I do have limitations and cannot possibly answer all questions, as the field is very extensive. VERY IMPORTANT and PLEASE NOTE: Please note that; providing > GOOD CLEAR and Preferably High Resolution < photo's of the object(s)in question, is vital. Pics taken with a cell/mobile phone, are of a poor quality and best avoided. Posting signatures only, or just fragments of an artifact - will only provide me with insufficient information and it is often quite misleading. So please; Do post good clear overall images, with your question(s). Failing to do so, may cause rejection, which is also a great pity.


Since the early 90’s I lead a team of very enthusiastic staff at a business, where have the following disciplines; Restoration and refurbishment of historical buildings and gardens, including interior design. The restoration and care of Fine Art and Antiques at our restoration studio We are also Fine Art and Antique dealers, besides being collectors ourselves for a great number of years.

The main professional organization of which I am a member is the BNA, or Association of Dutch Architects, which is equivalent to the US; American Institute of Architects. Affiliated to the Art Loss Register in London and the International Cites Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Villa Rufolo; The forgotten paradise on earth. Published by the University of Aarhus, Denmark Book reviews and articles for International Archis Magazine, in the Netherlands.

Since I wished to become a Restoration Architect, firstly I took my BA degree in Art History. Then after graduation, I followed this immediately by studies to graduate and become a Restoration Architect. Ever since then, I have been an established Restoration Architect and Antiquarian. Since a great number of buildings are also inhabited by Fine Art fixtures and furnishings, I also became absorbed by all the artifacts, which go to fill them and not only the edifices themselves. This and much more, was the reason for gaining an advisory post on the City Commission; For The Protection and Care of Historic Monuments of Amsterdam - Amstelveen.

Awards and Honors
Citations and gratitude; “From the Town of Amalfi” for the groundwork achieved in order bring back the Historical past to the Medieval Villa Rufolo and its vital role in the region. BA in Art Hisory. Graduation Diploma as an Architect & Antiquarian; and also practicing as such. I have also completed a 3 year course in antiques, at the VHOK in Amsterdam VHOK is translated as; ( "The Association of Fine Art Dealers In The Netherlands.")

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