ANGELO CAROSELLI | PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN IN ARMOR, AS SAINT GEORGE
Property of the Family of Kenneth Donahue
Rome 1585 - 1652
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN IN ARMOR, AS SAINT GEORGE
oil on canvas
39 by 28¼ in.; 99 by 71.7 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is generally in good condition. The canvas has an old glue lining, which provides an attractive and stable surface. No retouches are clearly visible under ultraviolet light due to an opaque varnish. Retouches fluoresce in the feather of his cap, and there is a difference in the texture of the paint layer indicating restorations in the armor, darker colors of the red cloak, cap and hair to the left of the head, and upper left. There are presumably other isolated restorations in the picture, but the paint layer seems to be healthy in the face, neck and hands under close examination with the naked eye. There is a scuff in the varnish in the breastplate that should be corrected, and the frame should be restored. The work could otherwise be hung in its current state.
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Private collection, Pistoia;
Kenneth Donahue, Los Angeles, for more than fifty years;
Thence by descent to the present owners.
E. Borea, “Considerazioni sulla Mostra ‘Caravaggio and his Followers’ at Cleveland," in Bollettino d’Arte, vol. LVII, III-IV, 1972, p. 161 (as Pietro Paolini);
B. Nicolson, The International Caravaggesque Movement: Lists of Pictures by Caravaggio and his Followers Throughout Europe from 1590 to 1650, Oxford 1979,
p. 77 (as Pietro Paolini);
P.G. Maccari, Pietro Paolini pittore lucchese, Lucca 1987, p. 114, cat. no. 31, reproduced, as location unknown (as Pietro Paolini).