Entourage de François-Pascal-Simon Gérard
- Entourage de François-Pascal-Simon Gérard
- Portrait of Caroline Bonaparte, Queen of Naples and of the Two Sicilies
- Oil on canvas
- 201,5 x 146,5 cm ; 79 1/4 by 57 3/4 in.
Lucien Murat (1803 - 1878), son of the above, French prince, prince of Naples, prince of Pontecorvo and 3rd prince Murat ;
Thence by descent
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This composition was always considered by the owners' family as by the baron Gérard and studio. However, Alain Latreille, specialist of the artist's work, advised us that this portrait is neither by Gérard nor his studio. In Ornella Scognamiglio's book, I dipinti di Gioacchino e Carolina Murat, published in 2008, a similar painting is illustrated though smaller in size (115 x 88cm) and presenting a few variants. It is catalogued as "after Jean-Baptiste Regnault". In another book, Carolina Murat La regina francese del regno delle Due Sicilie by Nicoletta d'Arbitrio and Luigi Ziviello, this very composition is listed as attributed to Gérard.
We would like to thank Monsieur Alain Latreille for the information he gave us.