BOLOGNESE SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY | PORTRAIT OF A KNIGHT OF MALTA, FULL LENGTH, IN ARMOR STANDING BESIDE A TABLE WITH HIS HELMET AND STANDARD, BEFORE A WINDOW
Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 USD
BOLOGNESE SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY
PORTRAIT OF A KNIGHT OF MALTA, FULL LENGTH, IN ARMOR STANDING BESIDE A TABLE WITH HIS HELMET AND STANDARD, BEFORE A WINDOW
oil on canvas
71 by 40 in.; 180.3 by 101.6 cm.
The canvas is unlined and stable on its stretcher despite minor warping at the upper right corner. A portrait image reads strongly with details in the costume and face preserved. Some retouching to address loss is visible to the naked eye, for example spots in the upper left background and an area 1-2 inches long on the sitter’s proper left leg. A repaired tear runs vertically down the length of the sitter’s chest but is not distracting. Minor frame abrasion is visible on the right edge. Under UV inspection, the aforementioned areas are visible along with scattered spots of retouching on and around the sitter’s feet and small spots on his nose, cheek, and forehead. Overall, and considering its size, the painting is in good condition. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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This portrait shows stylistic affinities with Bolognese portraiture of the late 16th century, such as the works of Lavinia Fontana (1552 - 1614). The precise rendering of the facial features compared to the loose brushwork of the distant landscape and the sitter's hand and flag suggest that a master painter executed the face based on a life study, while studio assistants painted the body and background.