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FOLLOWER OF FRANCESCO CAIRO
Milan 1607 - 1665
oil on canvas, unframed
canvas: 43¾ by 35¾ in.; 111.1 by 90.8 cm.
The canvas is lined. The image reads clearly beneath a thick varnish, and the painting is somewhat dirty. Some impasto remains in the painted details, for example in the yellow highlights of his costume and in the lacework around his wrists. Some retouches are visible to the naked eye. There are some scattered cracks and tears to the canvas. One network of cracks is visible at center, but there is a supporting patch on the reverse. Three repaired cracks are also visible, one over his left shoulder and two in the background near his right shoulder, and all also have associated patches on the reverse. There is one 7 inch tear down the left edge and another T-shaped tear near the lower edge, left of center, with some associated loss. UV light reveals a heavy masking varnish, and a few of the aforementioned repaired cracks fluoresce, as do a few scattered retouches. Offered unframed.
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The prime version of this painting is located in a private collection, Italy.1
1. Francesco del Cairo 1607-1665, exhibition catalogue, Milan 1983, p. 106-107, cat. no. 13, reproduced p. 107.