Lombard painter (Bergamo) 18th century - inv. 1541

Titolo: 
Portrait of a Man in Dalmatian Costume
Numero di Inventario: 
1541
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
portrait of a man
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Lombard painter (Bergamo), 18th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Bergamo
Italy
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1700
Datazione specifica: 
1730 c.
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Vestibolo e Scalone

This is a good quality painting, although both the artist and the sitter are still unknown. The man is wearing clothes used at that time by people from Dalmatia, although ‘exotic’ dress was also worn on occasions by the Italian aristocracy, especially in Lombardy, as testified to by a number of portraits by Fra’ Galgario.

Restoration in 2003 brought to light sophisticated colour harmonies, visible above all in the combination of the long camel-coloured tail coat alongside the light blue undercoat, on which an elegant red necktie stands out. Recently it was proposed by Mauro Natale (oral communication) that the clothes were painted by Fra’ Galgario while the face was the work of another, possibly Milanese, painter who had a less dense stroke and a dryer drawing style.

J.S.