1824 - 1904
PORTRAIT OF AN ITALIAN MAN
signed J.L. GEROME (center right)
oil on canvas
16¾ by 15 in.
42.5 by 38.1 cm
The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work is in lovely condition. It has never been removed from its original stretcher. It has probably never been cleaned. The study is very detailed in the face, with other areas being less formally painted. The painted area is all in beautiful state. Some cracking developed during the drying process in the dark colors and can be seen in the inside of the hat, the beard and the collar of the cloak in the lower left. These cracks are not an indication of instability. There are some very slight waves to the canvas. The paint layer is in lovely condition and will respond well to cleaning.
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Private Collection, Kane, Pennsylvania
Thence by descent
This newly discovered early portrait dates from circa 1845-55 and in its palette, color harmonies, and contours is distinct both of the period and of Gérôme's sensitive portraiture.
This work will be included in the revision of Gerald Ackerman’s Jean-Léon Gérôme catalogue raisonné now in preparation by Emily M. Weeks, Ph.D.