Giuseppe Bertini - inv. 1157

Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)

Portrait of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
1880 c.
oil on canvas  
62 x 49 cm
1881 ante donation Giuseppe Bertini
Inv. 1157

not on display
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Datable to about 1880, the canvas is similar to Portrait of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (inv. 261) by the same artist, previously owned by Camilla Gabba Cavezzali.

Painted after the model's death, the image shows the features of the by now elderly Lombard aristocrat, ideally conversing with the other Portrait of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (inv. 48) by Francesco Hayez, datable to 1851. Bertini, like the older Hayez, also chose a three-quarter pose against a dark background, but a much closer viewpoint. The painter indicates the sitter's social standing and his aristocratic sophistication through the elegant sobriety of his dress, brightened by the dazzling white of his shirt. Balding with a thinner face, compared to his more youthful portrait, Gian Giacomo boasts great side-whiskers following the fashion of the day 'a scopettone', or 'mutton chops'.


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