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Francesco Cairo
MILAN 1607 - 1665
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, BUST LENGTH, WITH FLOWERS ON HER HAIR
oil on panel, an octagon
panel: 19 5/8 by 17 in.; 49.8 by 43.2 cm.
framed: 23 1/2 by 21 in.; 59.7 by 53.3 cm.
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Catalogue Note

Francesco Cairo, also known as 'Il Cavalière del Cairo,' was an Italian Baroque painter born in Milan. A similar female profile by Cairo, which also has her hand resting on her bosom with her index finger delicately lifted, is in Galleria arcivescovile, Milan (inv. no. 145).1 Although both versions represent the sitter with a similar hairstyle of loose curls cascading down her left cheek until reaching her chest, the present lot has her pulled hair decorated with flowers at right.

We are grateful to Dr. Francesco Frangi for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs. He dates this work circa 1650.

1. See F. Frangi, 'Francesco Cairo,' Turin 1988, p. 276, cat. no. 87, reproduced fig. 91.

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