ITALO-FLEMISH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY | A portrait of a gentleman standing beside a framed portrait of a lady, with his right hand on his hip and a letter and gloves resting on a table
ITALO-FLEMISH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
A PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN STANDING BESIDE A FRAMED PORTRAIT OF A LADY, WITH HIS RIGHT HAND ON HIS HIP AND A LETTER AND GLOVES RESTING ON A TABLE
inscribed lower right: (A?)t...no(li?)a ...gis - Cesare / La(rn?)y
oil on canvas
unframed: 104 x 91.1 cm.; 41 x 35⅞ in.
framed: 131 x 137 cm.; 51⅝ x 54 in.
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The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is clean with a clear varnish. There is evidence of wear throughout where the paint surface has been pressed in the relining. There is some sinking of the darks, notably in his costume. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals two campaigns of retouching. The first fluoresces darkly and comprises an extensive campaign of fine lines throughout, as well as some more concentrated areas to repaired damages, notably in the background on the left, in the sitters forehead, and beneath his hand. The second, newer campaign fluoresces lightly and comprises larges areas notably in the right side of the sitter's jacket, in the background on the right, and in the right side of the framed portrait upper right, all approx. 5 x 6cm. There is also concentrated retouching in the lower right corner and along the upper margin. None of these impede the legibility of the image which is ready to hang in its current state.
Offered in an Italian cassetta style frame with painted center and corner arabesques that mimics the frame surrounding the portrait of a woman depicted in the painting.
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Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman'), New York, Sotheby's, 6 June 2013, lot 16.
A. Acconci and A. Zuccari, Scipione Pulzone. Da Gaeta a Roma alle Corti europee, Rome 2013, p. 286, reproduced fig. 2 (as anonymous);
C. Blümle and B. Wismer, Hinter dem Vorhang, exh. cat., Düsseldorf 2016, reproduced p. 75 (as anonymous, early 17th century).
Düsseldorf, Museum Kunstpalast, Hinter dem Vorhang, October 2016 - January 2017.
The tradition of including a portrait within a portrait is common in betrothal paintings, or in its use as a device to allude to a member of the family who is recently deceased, in this case perhaps the sitter's wife.
This fascinating double portrait contains both Flemish and Italian elements, and is simultaneously reminiscent of paintings by Frans Pourbus and of North Italian portraiture. The type of frame depicted, called a cassetta, originated in Tuscany in the 15th century but later became very popular throughout Northern Europe.