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575

Attributed to Michele Tosini, called Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio

Portrait of a boy

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 16,000 USD

Attributed to Michele Tosini, called Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio

Attributed to Michele Tosini, called Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio

Portrait of a boy

Portrait of a boy

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 16,000 USD

Lot sold:

138,600

USD

Attributed to Michele Tosini, called Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio

Florence 1503 - 1577

Portrait of a boy


oil on panel 

panel: 17 by 13 in.; 43 by 33 cm.  

framed: 24 by 20 in.; 60.5 by 51 cm.  

The panel appears to be made of one board with a vertical grain. It is uncradled, has a faint vertical bow, and is stable. There is no beveling to the edges, and there is what appears to be a thin coating applied to certain areas of the reverse, possibly for support. The painted surface is is in good overall condition, and it presents a strong image. It has not been restored in some time, and the surface is somewhat dirty beneath a yellowed varnish. There are very fine pin dots of loss (2 in chin, 2 in hair), but these are in no way distracting. Inspection under UV reveals a thick and milky varnish. There are a few spots of retouching scattered in his face and hair (some of which have slightly discolored and are visible to the naked eye). Some additional small cosmetic spots are visible near the lower edge, in the background at right to address wood grain, and a spot in the background to the right of his collar. This painting is in overall good condition, but may benefit from a clean. Offered in a carved wood frame with some nicks and losses.


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This portrait of a young boy comes close to the hand of Michele Tosini, a Florentine artist who trained as a young artist with Lorenzo di Credi and Antonio del Ceraiolo. Soon after Tosini entered the workshop of Ridolfo Ghirlandaio in 1525, the two began to regularly collaborate. That Tosini adopted the nickname “Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio” is a reflection of the closeness between the two artists. As his career progressed, Tosini came under the influence of two other Florentine artists, Francesco Salviati and Agnolo Bronzino. The visual impact of these two artists is visible in the present panel. In fact, a fragment of an old label on the reverse of this panel suggests it once held an attribution to Bronzino.