Property from a Private West Coast Collection
JACOB FERDINAND VOET
(Antwerp 1639 - 1689 Paris)
PORTRAIT OF FRANCESCA GREPPI FANI (1658-1732), HALF LENGTH
oil on canvas
27⅞ by 23¼ in.; 70.6 by 59 cm.
The canvas appears to have an old and thin relining. The portrait reads well beneath an old and slightly discolored varnish. As visible in the catalogue image, there is a spot of loss at center of right edge, one at lower left corner, and a few very small spots near her hand, but the paint layer is stable overall. There are some areas that have been well preserved in her hair and costume, and passages of impasto remain here and there throughout. There appears to be some minor inconsistency to the surface at the lower decorative edge of her neckline. Inspection under UV reveals only a bit of retouching, scattered primarily in the darks of the background. There are a few fine strokes at the lower center of her hairline and above the center of her head. There is a spot in her upper chest and a few spots in her hand. The painting might benefit from a light clean, but can also hang in its present state. Offered in a decoratively carved frame that has been painted with a lighter tone.
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Thence by descent.
This portrait of Francesca Greppi Fani (1658-1732) is a rare autograph variant of a painting preserved in the Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia (inv. no. 137) . The daughter of a prominent Italian banker, Francesca was born in Como and in 1671, she married Fabio Fani, only to be widowed 9 years later. The present likeness speaks to her youth, signaled by the froth of flowers in her hair, and to her high birth, announced by the presence of rich silks, sumptuous pearls and an abundance of lace.
We are grateful to Francesco Petrucci for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.
1. Oil on canvas, 72 by 58 cm. See F. Petrucci, Ferdinand Voet (1639-1689) detto Ferdinando de' Ritratti, Rome 2005, pp. 221, cat. no. 168.a, reproduced p. 111, fig. 104.