FLORENTINE SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY | PORTRAIT OF PETRARCH
FLORENTINE SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY
PORTRAIT OF PETRARCH
oil on panel
panel: 27 by 20 in.; 68.6 by 50.6 cm.
framed: 32½ by 25¾ in.; 82.6 by 65.4 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 portrait is in quite good condition. The panel is only very slightly curved from left to right. There is one wooden reinforcement running horizontally across the center. The panel has remained almost completely unbroken, except for a small crack in the upper left and a thin crack running through the right side of the eye on the right, which has not been restored. Under ultraviolet light, one can see retouches in the upper left, a few isolated spots in the background, a couple of spots in the red hat and in the maroon collar, and a dozen or so isolated spots in the white gown.
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Portraits of Francesco Petrarca, also known as Petrarch, were popular subjects for Florentine painters of the sixteenth century. Some of the most famous examples of the poet's likeness can be found in Giorgio Vasari’s group portrait of Six Tuscan Poets (Minneapolis Institute of Art, inv. no. 71.24)1 and Agnolo Bronzino’s allegorical portrait series of Petrarch, Dante and Boccaccio, that he painted for his beloved friend Bartolomeo Bettini.