Sicilian painter 17th century - inv. 357

Sicilian painter of 17th century

Portrait of a Knight of the Omodei Family
1600-1625
  
108 x 81 cm
inscription
"ANNO / AETATIS SUAE / LXXV"
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 357

not on display


We do not know the identity of the sitter; we only know that he is a knight, since he is wearing a sword and a gorget (the armour that protects the chest), which can be glimpsed under his grey sash. From the writing and the coat of arms in the top left of the painting, we learn that he was seventy-five years old and belonged to the noble Omodei family, a Sicilian dynasty.
The style of the painting, too, recalls this region. The naturalistic rendering of the light on the man’s face, ear and hands recalls portraits painted by Caravaggio towards the end of his career, in Sicily. Consequently the artist of this beautiful portrait, although anonymous, should be looked for in this area.

M.S.
H.G.