Property from a French Private Collection
VITTORE GIUSEPPE GHISLANDI, CALLED FRA' GALGARIO
Bergamo 1655 - 1743
Portrait of a man, bust-length
oil on paper, laid on canvas
39.9 x 32.2 cm.; 15¾ x 12⅝ in.
The paper on which this portrait was painted was laid down on the canvas a long time ago (and has taken on the weave of the canvas), and was probably framed at the same time. The work is in overall very good condition. There is what appears to be an old, repaired horizontal tear/ fold or crease in the paper that runs from the left margin, just below centre, to the sitter's neck; and another vertical repaired tear, approx. 4 cm. long, that runs from the right-hand side of the sitter's nose down beside his mouth. Both these areas have associated fine lines of retouching. Inspection under ultraviolet light also reveals a handful of pinprick retouchings, one in the sitter's proper left eye and a few between his lips and in his cheek, chin and neck. There are small, insignificant areas of retouching in the background to the right, in his shoulder, and along the left-hand margin. Offered in a plain giltwood frame with some losses.
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