PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG BOY WEARING AN ELABORATE RED DRESS, STANDING NEAR A DRUM IN AN INTERIOR
oil on canvas, unlined
42¾ by 36⅞ in.; 108.6 by 93.7 cm.
The canvas is unlined and is stable on its stretcher. The painting is in good condition, retaining much of its intricate detail and vibrant coloring. Overall, it presents a very strong image. There is a very small spot of repair in the background to the right of the figure's head. Inspection under UV reveals a slightly milky varnish, some areas of retouching to the extreme edges, likely to address old frame abrasion, and a few small spots scattered here and there throughout the background, none of which are distracting. There is a small spot of retouching in the drapery of table at lower left, and a thin line of retouching in the background to right of child's hip. A few very small pin dots of retouching in the face. The painting can certainly be hung as is, and it is offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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We are grateful to Professor Antonio Vannugli for suggesting an attribution to Tiberio Titi on the basis of photographs. Titi was an exceptionally skilled portrait painter and the son of the Florentine painter and architect, Santi di Tito.