Lot 39
  • 39

Federico Barocci

100,000 - 150,000 USD
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  • Federico Barocci
  • Portrait of a gentleman, bust length, wearing a black jerkin and white ruff
  • oil on canvas
  • 25 1/8  by 19 3/8  in.; 63.7 by 49.1 cm.


Private collection, USA.

Catalogue Note

Previously unpublished, this handsome and arresting portrait is a new addition to the corpus of Federico Barocci.  Barocci was one of the most influential artists of the late sixteenth century and at the time of his death in 1612 was among the most sought after, and indeed highly paid, painters in Italy.  The physiognomy is beautifully understood and the gradation of color, shifting gently in pastel-like tones, is entirely typical of the artist.  The artist molds the flesh of the sitter’s face with his characteristic sfumato effect, using warm pinks to highlight the cheeks, nose and forehead.  The hair and beard are depicted with refined strokes and the curls straying from his hairline and the soft moustache overreaching his lips are intensely naturalistic.  Barocci expertly defines the dry stiff texture of the ruff, its seam visible where the looping pleats compress convincingly beneath his chin.

On the reverse of the stretcher, affixed with two wax seals, is an old label that reads: Jac(...) Lazza(...) / Aniell(...) Al(...)io  50 / Paolo Lazzari / Dionisio(?) Lazzari.  It is interesting to note that a canvas by Pietro Paolini depicting The Cardsharps, formerly with Jean Luc Baroni, bears a similarly affixed label with the same names but instead with the inventory number 60 and evidently formed part of the same collection.

We are grateful to Professor Daniele Benati for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.