Ferdinando Porta - inv. 1054

Titolo: 
Woman with Child (Charity?)
Numero di Inventario: 
1054
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Allegory
Parole chiave soggetto: 
portrait of a woman with a child
charity
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Ferdinando Porta (1689-1767)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Lombardia
Italy
Lombardy
Milano
Milan
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1700
Datazione specifica: 
1738 c.
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Uffici
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit
Collocazione: 
not on display

A woman looks upwards, her breast bared, against which she cradles a sleeping infant. Though very small, the painting shows an unusual pictorial vivacity. It is not possible to establish whether the paper was fixed on to the wooden support in earlier times or whether it was done recently. The subject too remains a mystery; it is perhaps allegorical (Charity). The painting might possibly have been a trial on paper, then adapted to become part of a collection. The surface has uniformly darkened, leaving only a hint of the original rich colouring.

The work is traditionally attributed to the Milanese Ferdinando Porta. Son of Andrea, the reputed portraitist of the Milanese aristocracy, he took part in several large-scale painting activities, such as the series of large paintings for the cathedral of Milan and the decoration of the cathedral of Monza.

J.S.