Property from the Collection of Stan Battat
CARLO FRANCESCO NUVOLONE
Milan 1609 - 1662
HEAD OF A WOMAN LOOKING DOWN, BUST LENGTH
inscribed on the reverse: Panfilo Vechio
oil on panel
12½ by 10⅞ in.; 31.7 by 27.6 cm.
The panel consists of a single plank and is slightly convex on the left side (from obverse) and is stable. A portrait image reads well with some accretions in the varnish, mostly along the bottom edge, but these are not distracting. Under UV inspection, a vertical repair to a crack runs from the top edge to the forehead, about 3 inches long. Retouching is visible in small strokes throughout, especially in the shadows and background, but these mostly follow the wood grain and are not distracting to the naked eye. The painting can hang in its present state. Offered in a decoratively painted and carved red and giltwood frame.
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Private collector, United States;
By whom anonymously sold, New York, Sotheby's, 5 June 2008, lot 7;
This freely and rapidly painted bust portrait of a woman relates to another, larger panel of a Saint Catherine (or Allegory of Philosphy) by Carlo Francesco Nuvolone in a private collection, Milan.1 That painting is octagonal in format and shows the same head of a woman, wistfully looking downwards and with the same distinctive diadem on her head, but also includes her hand holding a book and the figure of a young angel in the background to the right. The soft applicaton of the paint and flickering brushwork, particularly evident in the hair of the figure, are typical of the work of Carlo Francesco Nuvolone. The old inscription on the reverse of the panel suggests that the picture was in the past attributed to the artist's father Panfilo Nuvolone, better known today for his still lifes.
1. Oil on octagonal panel, 59 by 51 cm. Private collection, Milan. See F.M. Ferro, Nuvolone una famiglia di pittori nella Milano del '600, Soncino 2003, p. 221, cat. no. cf 188, fig. 48.