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Paris Bordone
PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED MAN, HEAD AND SHOULDERS, IN AN INTERIOR
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
127
Paris Bordone
PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED MAN, HEAD AND SHOULDERS, IN AN INTERIOR
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Paris Bordone
TREVISO BAPT 1500 -1571 VENICE
PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED MAN, HEAD AND SHOULDERS, IN AN INTERIOR

Provenance

Marquess of Ailesbury;
Earl of Cardigan;
Hector Bruce Binney, Esq;
With the Hallsborough Gallery, London;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 22 May 1968, lot 107, for £600, to Binns (all the above in its original format of 22 1/2  by 16 1/2  in.).

Catalogue Note

After training under Titian in Venice in what was apparently a strained relationship, Bordone was registered as an independent artist as early as 1518. Important patrons throughout Europe sought his work, particularly in Bavaria, and in France and Poland where he received royal commissions.

This portrait can be dated to the 1550s, when the artist was at the peak of his career. While his mythological works have always found great favour, it is often in his portraits that we can best appreciate his skill. Typical of his portraiture is his interest in different colors and textures: the careful modelling of the fleshtones accentuate the sitter's soft features and the faintly ruddy cheeks bring out the strong red lips; the fur lining of the coat complements the bronze-colored beard which is painted with the same quick brushtrokes. The decoration of the architectural frieze in the background can still be made out but was more prominent before the canvas was reduced in size, as can be seen in photographs at the time of the 1968 sale (see Provenance).

We are grateful to Professor Peter Humfrey for endorsing the attribution and for proposing a date of execution in the 1550s.

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