LOMBARD SCHOOL, CIRCA 1500 | PORTRAIT OF A MAN IN PROFILE, SAID TO BE GIOVANNI MOCETTO
LOMBARD SCHOOL, CIRCA 1500
PORTRAIT OF A MAN IN PROFILE, SAID TO BE GIOVANNI MOCETTO
inscribed along upper edge: Joanes Mocetto / 1503
oil on panel, unframed
panel: 9 ¾ by 5 ½ in.; 24.7 by 13.9 cm.
This painting is under a dirty surface. The panel appears to be stable. Some worm damage in the upper left corner, as well as a slight loss to the corner. Small chipping around the edges which doesn't enter into the picture plane. Painting has some nice detail but with some areas of thinness, such as in the hair. THe face and profile seem to be nicely preserved. Under UV it is very difficult to discern much. Some passages such as the design of the brocade may be a later addition, as seems to be the case with the inscription.
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The anonymous, yet skillful hand of this painting displays the influence of some of the leading Lombard portraitists such as Zanetto Bugatto and Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis. The inscription along the upper edge, likely added by a later hand, suggests the identity of the sitter as Giovanni Mocetto.