FOLLOWER OF AGNOLO DI COSIMO CALLED BRONZINO | Portrait of Cosimo de' Medici, half-length, in an embroidered doublet with fur wrap
The Property of a Gentleman
FOLLOWER OF AGNOLO DI COSIMO CALLED BRONZINO
Portrait of Cosimo de' Medici, half-length, in an embroidered doublet with fur wrap
oil on panel
79.5 x 62.7 cm.; 31¼ x 24¾ in.
The panel is formed of a large, single plank, which is slightly bowed, supported on the reverse with two horizontal batons. There are several lines of flaking, with associated paint loss, most notably in the lower right corner, in an area measuring 2 x 2 cm. - all visible in the catalogue illustration. There are also visible retouchings around these areas of flaking. The paint surface is otherwise covered with an uneven and dulled varnish. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals the aforementioned retouchings around the areas of flaking, as well as significant areas of restoration through the sitter's face. There are further fine lines and small retouchings scattered throughout. The painting is in overall moderate condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 19 April 2000, lot 75;
With Daniel Hunt Fine Art, London, from whom acquired.
This portrait shows the sitter at the age of forty and follows a much copied composition by Bronzino, the best extant version of which is generally considered to be that in the Galleria Sabauda, Turin (inv. no. 123).1
1 E. Baccheschi, L'opera completa del Bronzino, Milan 1973, pp. 103–04, cat. no. 113b, reproduced.