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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GIANCARLO BARONI

Attributed to Domenico Robusti, called Domenico Tintoretto
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH SEATED, HOLDING A LUTE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GIANCARLO BARONI

Attributed to Domenico Robusti, called Domenico Tintoretto
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH SEATED, HOLDING A LUTE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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Attributed to Domenico Robusti, called Domenico Tintoretto
VENICE 1560 - 1635
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH SEATED, HOLDING A LUTE

Provenance

William Holman Hunt, O.M. (1827-1910), by whom purchased in Venice in 1876 (as a portrait by Titian of his daughter Lavinia, according to an inscription on the reverse), Draycott Lodge, Fulham (London), and subsequently at 18 Melbury Road, Kensington (London);
Thence by descent to his son, Hilary Holman-Hunt (1897-1949); Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 7 May 1937, lot 25 (as Jacopo Tintoretto, Portrait of Lavinia, Daughter of the Artist), for 72 gns. to P. de Boer;
With P. de Boer, Amsterdam, 1937-38 and in 1946 (as Jacopo Tintoretto);
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Christie's, 14 December 1990, lot 405 (as Attributed to Jacopo Tintoretto).

Literature

F. Heinemann, "Einige unveröffentliche Arbeiten des Jacopo Tintoretto," in Arte Veneta, 1961, XV, p. 236, reproduced fig. 287 (as Attributed to Jacopo Tintoretto);
P. Rossi, "I ritratti femminili di Domenico Tintoretto," in Arte Illustrata, March 1970, vols. 30/33, pp. 93-99, reproduced on p. 97, fig. 12 (as Domenico Tintoretto);
D. Holman-Hunt, "The Holman Hunt Collection, A Personal Recollection", in Pre-Raphaelite Papers, ed. L. Parris, London 1984, pp. 219 and 260, footnote 21, reproduced p. 217, plate 99.

Catalogue Note

This lot is accompanied by a letter from Dr. Hermann Voss, dated June 15, 1953, confirming an attribution to Jacopo Tintoretto and dating the portrait to the 1560s.  According to a note in the 1990 auction catalogue, there were also a photocopy of a certificate by Prof. August L. Mayer, countersigned by Prof. Antonio Morassi and Prof. Giuseppe Fiocco of June 18, 1946, also confirming the attribution to Jacopo Tintoretto.

This portrait was once owned by the British painter William Holman Hunt who, together with the artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. They, together with John Everett Millais, sought to revitalise art by emphasising the detailed - and above all truthful - observation of the natural world. Holman Hunt eventually gave up painting due to his failing eyesight. His small collection of Old Masters included four Venetian paintings, amongst which a panel by Giovanni Cariani and the present portrait (considered by him to be by Titian). The portrait was published by Holman Hunt's grand-daughter Diana (see Literature) and for a general discussion of Holman Hunt's pictures see E. Waterhouse, "Holman Hunt's 'Giovanni Bellini' and the Pre-Raphaelites' own early Italian pictures", in The Burlington Magazine, vol. CXXIII, no. 941, August 1981, pp. 473-77.

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