Although few portraits by Cremona painter Bernardino Campi can be securely dated, Marco Tanzi has convincingly argued that this rare depiction of a female sitter can be dated to 1553-4, due to Ippolita’s age, fashion, and extant documentary evidence. Furthermore, the portrait shares a stylistic affinity with Campi’s portraits from the 1550s and 1560s, such as the courtly three-quarter pose and Titianesque treatment of the face.2
We are grateful to Marco Tanzi for proposing the attribution and identification of the sitter as well as for assistance with the cataloging of this lot.
1. A. Lamo, Discorso intorno alla scoltura, e pittura, dove ragiona della vita, ed opere in molti luoghi, ed a diversi principi, e personaggi fatte dall’eccellentissimo, e nobile pittore M. Bernardino campo, Cremona 1584.
2. See for example Portrait of a Gentleman with a Dog, sold New York, Sotheby’s, 11 January 1990, lot 32, as “attributed to Bernardino Campi” and dated by Tanzi to the 1550s.
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