Ezzelino III da Romano was a Paduan warlord who rose to power in the 13th century and was killed in 1259 at the Battle of Cassano. Another version of this composition is in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.1
1. Oil on panel, 60 by 45 cm. See 'Gli Uffizi Catalogo Generale,' Florence 1979, p. 627, cat. no. 185, reproduced.
Painted on a thick panel which appears to be made up of one piece of wood. It is uncradled but has a horizontal batten affixed to the reverse which runs across the center of the panel. The panel is very slightly bowed from side to side. Surface is clean and the painting is presentable. The paint surface has been very well retained and there is very good detail throughout. One very small vertical crack can be see at bottom right. Under UV light: there are small retouches scattered here and there throughout. On the figure, these are on face (some along the vertical wood grain), beard, and costume, with a bit more concentrated on the shadowed area at top of shoulder. These retouches have been well applied and there is no need for further work. Painting can be hung as is and presents a strong and striking image. The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.