CIRCLE OF ALESSANDRO ALLORI | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, SAID TO BE A MEDICI, BUST LENGTH, WEARING A GREEN DRESS AND PEARLED NECKLACE
CIRCLE OF ALESSANDRO ALLORI
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, SAID TO BE A MEDICI, BUST LENGTH, WEARING A GREEN DRESS AND PEARLED NECKLACE
oil on panel
panel: 17½ by 14¾ in.; 44.5 by 37.5 cm.
framed: 26 by 22½ in.; 66 by 57.2 cm.
The panel consists of one board and is stable and cradled. An elegant sitter reads well, though some of the paint layer has slightly thinned. Minor crackling pattern visible, but not distracting. Some discolored retouches are visible like on the neck of the sitter. These fluoresce under UV along with other scattered retouches to the face, green gown, and background. Painting is offered framed.
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E. Lacombe, Paris
A. Mersch, Paris;
By whom sold to F. Kleinberger & Co., Paris, 1907;
Their sale, New York, American Art Association, 23 January 1918, lot 12 (as "Angelo Bronzino"), for $500, to E. T. Hess;
Mr. Franz Kleiberger;
His sale, New York, American Art Association, 18 November 1932, lot 18 (as Angelo Di Cosimo Allori, called Bronzino, Portrait of a Medici Princess), for $600, to A.B. Samuels;
With Tozzi Gallery, New York;
By whom sold, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 22 January 1948, lot 53 (as Bronzino and Bottega), for $1,200, to Mrs. Muriel Banford, New York;
Carl Marks, New York;
By whose estate sold ("Property of the late Carl Marks, Esq., of New York City"), London, Sotheby's, 2 December 1964, lot 124 (as Bronzino), for £320 to the Arcade Gallery, London;
Private collection, New York, until 2019.
A. McComb, Agnolo Bronzino, His Life and Works, Cambridge 1928, p. 139 (as School of Bronzino).
Another version of this portrait identified as the manner of Alessandro Allori is in the Galleria Palatina ed Appartamenti Reali, Florence.1 The facial features of this sitter closely resemble those of Eleonora Medici di Toledo in her portrait by the workshop of Allori at The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. 2
1. Oil on panel, 47 by 38 cm., inv. no. 2499 /1890.
2. Oil on panel, 67 by 52 cm., inv. no. ГЭ-6686.