Lot 143
  • 143

Venetian School, last quarter of the 16th century

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Venetian School, last quarter of the 16th century
  • Portrait of a bearded gentleman, half-length, wearing a fur-lined coat, holding a pair of gloves
  • inscribed upper right: AETA[…] / AÑO. 15 […] (AE in ligature)
  • oil on canvas, in a later painted oval

Catalogue Note

This portrait would appear to derive inspiration from contemporary Venetian paintings such as Jacopo Bassano's Self Portrait.1 We are grateful to Dr Andrew John Martin for suggesting an attribution to Orlando Flacco (1527–93), an artist from Verona and pupil of Francesco Torbido, il Moro (1486–1562); see, for example, his signed portrait of Titian, today in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm;2 or Portrait of a man and his secretary, formerly attributed to Bassano, in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.3

1. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum; inv. no. 58; see E. Arslan, I Bassano, Milan 1960, reproduced vol. II, fig. 303.
2. See H.E. Wethey, The Paintings of Titian. The Portraits, vol. II, London 1971, p. 180, cat. no. X96, reproduced fig. 272.
3. Inv. no. WA1975.155; see W.R. Rearick, 'The Portraits of Orlando Flacco', in Venezia Cinquecento, vol. XI, 2001, reproduced fig. 10.