GIACINTO BRANDI | HEAD OF A BEARDED MAN, WITH COMPOSITIONAL STUDIES EN GRISAILLE
Property from the collection of Matthew Rutenberg
Poli 1621-1691 Roma
HEAD OF A BEARDED MAN, WITH COMPOSITIONAL STUDIES EN GRISAILLE
oil on canvas, in a Dresden gallery frame
canvas: 22 by 19⅛ in.; 56 by 48.6 cm.
framed: 27½ by 24⅛ in.; 69.5 by 61.8 cm.
The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. The painting is in overall good condition, with no visible losses or instabilities, and with many of the details of the figure's face and the compositional sketches well preserved. The image reads well beneath an old and discolored varnish, and the surface is somewhat dirty. Some thinness is apparent in the background and in the lower costume. Inspection under UV reveals a slightly milky varnish. There are scattered small strokes that fluoresce in the background, and attention has been paid to the thinness in the lower costume, concentrated in the lower left corner. There are some scattered strokes in he sitter's hair and only a few scattered strokes in his face. There may be a few small spots of restoration at center of upper edge, as well as in the lower left corner. The painting can certainly hang as is. Offered in a Dresden gallery frame.
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Königlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, by 1743 and until 1924 (inv. no. 1054);
Ceded to the former Royal family of Wettin July 21,1924 by the Free State of Saxony (as Dutch School, 17th Century);
Thence by descent;
Acquired by the present collector, circa 1990-2000.
Dresden Inventory, 1754, II 308 (as "van Bock");
W. Hoffman, Catalogue of the Royal Picture Gallery in Dresden, 1887, p. 121, cat. no. 1054 (as anonymous Flemish School, 17th Century);
K. Woermann, Katalog der Koeniglichen Gemaeldegalerie zu Dresden, 5th edition, Dresden 1902, p. 342, cat. no. 1054 (as Anonymous Dutch School, 17th century, and as having been acquired in Paris in 1743);
H. Posse, Katalog der Staatlichen Gemälde-Galerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1920, p. 117 (as anonymous Dutch School, 17th Century).
This painting, which for nearly two centuries held an anonymous attribution to a 17th century Northern hand, has recently been restored to the corpus of Giacinto Brandi, a 17th century Italian artist active primarily in Rome and Naples. It hung for much of its early life in the Königlichen Gemäldegalerie in Dresden (inv. no. 1054), until it was ceded by the Free State of Saxony in July 1924 to the former Royal family of Wettin.
We are grateful to Dr. Francesco Petrucci and to Dr. Guendalina Serafinelli for independently endorsing the attribution to Giacinto Brandi from digital photographs.