GERVASIO GATTI | PORTRAIT OF A BOY IN STRIPED DOUBLET AND WHITE RUFF, HIS LEFT ARM ON HIS HIP AND RIGHT RESTING ON A TABLE WITH AN OPEN BOOK, HALF-LENGTH
PORTRAIT OF A BOY IN STRIPED DOUBLET AND WHITE RUFF, HIS LEFT ARM ON HIS HIP AND RIGHT RESTING ON A TABLE WITH AN OPEN BOOK, HALF-LENGTH
oil on canvas
canvas: 26½ by 21½ in.; 67.5 by 54.7 cm.
framed: 32 by 28 in.; 81.3 by 71.1 cm.
The canvas is wax lined and appears to have a newer strip lining. A striking portrait image reads very well with the fine lace of the collar preserved. A thin line of frame abrasion is visible at the left and right edges where the edge of the canvas is visible. No other losses are visible to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, the varnish fluoresces unevenly and retouching to address the aforementioned frame abrasion is visible. Very small dots of retouching are scattered throughout with one concentrated area in the background to the right of the boy's head. The retouching is very finely applied and relatively minor in the costume and the face. Painting is in overall good condition and can hang as is. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 8 December 2011, lot 119;
L'Arte delle Donne dal Rinascimento al Surrealismo, exhibition catalogue, Milan 2007, unnumbered, reproduced on frontispiece (as by Sofonisba Anguissola).
Milan, Palazzo Reale, L'Arte delle Donne dal Rinascimento al Surrealismo, 5 December 2007 - 9 March 2008, unnumbered (as by Sofonisba Anguissola).
This lovely portrait of a young boy was previously exhibited as the work of Sofonisba Anguissola, who trained with Gervasio Gatti in the workshop of his uncle, Bernardino Gatti, known as Sojaro. Gervasio worked alongside his uncle on commissions for the Farnese court in Parma. His portraits are notable for the porcelain-like features of their faces, the attention to fine details in costume and armor, and the stately poses and expressions, all of which combine here for an impressive image that belies the sitter's young age.