Sold Without Reserve | ATTRIBUTED TO SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK | PORTRAIT OF MARCHESA ELENA GRIMALDI CATTANEO, BUST LENGTH, A STUDY
Sold Without Reserve
ATTRIBUTED TO SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK
Antwerp 1599 - 1641 London
PORTRAIT OF MARCHESA ELENA GRIMALDI CATTANEO, BUST LENGTH, A STUDY
oil on paper, laid on canvas, unframed
sheet: 12⅝ by 8⅞ in.; 32 by 22.5 cm.
canvas: 15½ by 12⅛ in.; 39.4 by 30.8 cm.
The sheet of paper was laid down on canvas at a later state. At that time, the paper was placed slightly to the left of center on the canvas. The canvas edges that extend beyond the sheet of paper were painted dark grey at a later state, so as to make these edges less distracting. The face and parts of the costume of the figure read very well, and the image presents strongly. The background of the paper is thinned towards the edges, but this may be consistent to the technique in which the painting was originally made. Under UV: this painting has had very judiciously and finely applied fine strokes of inpainting to unify the flesh tones, but this is likely a result of the technique of oil on paper. There is a thin vertical restoration along a possible crease to the paper that runs parallel to the left of the face, from the flower to the bottom of her ruff. There is also one thin 2 inch crease in her hair. Other scattered small spots of retouching are visible only here and there. Offered unframed.
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Probably, anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 23 November 1901, lot 97 (as Spanish School, Head of a Lady, as suggested by a markings on the reverse).
This sketch relates to Sir Anthony van Dyck's full length Portrait of Marchesa Elena Grimaldi Cattaneo of 1623 in the National Gallery of Art, D.C. (inv. no. 1942.9.92).1 The present work also can be compared to a smaller bust-length head study on canvas of the same sitter by Van Dyck in the Smithsonian American Art Museum (inv. no. 1929.6.155)2 that he likely completed prior to the full-length version in circa 1622-1623.