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Circle of Sebastiano Ceccarini
A PORTRAIT OF A CARDINAL

Catalogue Note

It has been suggested the sitter is Cardinal Marc'Antonio Marcolini (1721–1728). Sebastiano Ceccarini painted Cardinal Marcolini on another occasion; two versions of this other portrait exist, both show the Cardinal standing, as opposed to seated as we see him here, and wearing heavily embroidered dress, holding a book aloft in his left hand; one is in a painted oval.1

Another portrait, not definitely identified as depicting Marcolini but thought to be close in its physiognomy, is referenced in the 1992 monograph on the artist as having been sold at Christie's, London, 6 July 1978, lot 16.

1. Both versions of Ceccarini's other portrait of Marcolini are published by Bonita Cleri in Sebastiano Ceccarini, Milan 1992, pp. 161–62, cat. no. 92, reproduced figs 92 and 92.1.

A Venetian Legacy – An Italian Private Collection

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London