Vittore Giuseppe Ghislandi called Fra' Galgario (Italian, 1655-1743) Portrait of a young gentleman, half-length,
Lot 79*
Vittore Giuseppe Ghislandi called Fra' Galgario
(Italian, 1655-1743)
Portrait of a young gentleman, half-length,
Sold for £62,500 (US$ 104,988) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Vittore Giuseppe Ghislandi called Fra' Galgario (Italian, 1655-1743)
Portrait of a young gentleman, half-length, with a burgundy coat and a turban
inscribed with Schulenburg inventory number '334' (lower left)
oil on canvas
75 x 60.5cm (29 1/2 x 23 13/16in).

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  • PROVENANCE
    Field Marshal Count Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg (1661-1747), Berlin, and thence by descent.
    On loan to the Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hanover.
    Sale, Sotheby's, London, 10 December 1986, lot 117.

    LITERATURE
    Berlin, inventory of the Schulenburg Collection, circa 1750, one of nos. 329-331; 'Padre Paulotto. 3. Petits tableaux, repréf. Demies figures d'hommes'.
    A. Binion, 'From Schulenburg's Gallery and Records', Burlington Magazine, May 1970, no. 806, p. 298, illustrated p. 229, fig. 30.
    M.C. Gozzoli, Fra' Galgario, Bergamo, 1981, illustrated p. 191, no. 7.

    The present painting is most likely datable to the period when Ghislandi became independent from the examples of his master Sebastiano Bombelli and, besides the official commissions, started to depict portraits of pupils who assisted him in his workshop in the convent in Galgario. The painter, who, when working for the Bergamo aristocracy had to adapt to the more provincial taste of his patrons, could on these less formal occasions express a simpler and more direct approach, in which his sympathy towards the sitter is evident. When portraying members of the humbler sectors of society, Ghislandi captured his models in a natural, realistic and subdued manner. Here, as in other comparable works, the artist focuses his attention on the sitter, who looks out with a penetrating gaze and is painted with a narrow range of colour, broken only by the red of his tunic and the lighter colours of his cap.
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