VENETIAN SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY | Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a golden doublet
Property from a European Private Collection
VENETIAN SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY
Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a golden doublet
oil on canvas
103 x 82 cm.; 40⅝ x 32¼ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is slightly discoloured and dulled. A very slight degree of wear is visible in the lighter areas of the canvas. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the varnish which fluoresces opaquely but it is possible to discern small, scattered retouchings in the background upper right and above the sitter's head, as well as scattered through his yellow doublet, and in his cloak particularly lower right. There are also small retouchings in his hairline and in the background along the right silhouette of his head, as well as what appears to be an older campaign scattered through his forehead and cheeks. A larger, more concentrated area of retouching is found in the lower half of the left-hand margin measuring approx. 2 x 10 cm. There may be lines of older retouching through the green curtain as well as along a stretcher mark near the left hand margin, which are difficult to read under the ultraviolet light. In overall fair condition.
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With Galerie J. Kugel, Paris;
With Perkins Art Gallery, Geneva:
With Eric Turquin, Paris (as Lambert Sustris).