Portrait of a Bearded Man

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of a Bearded Man

Artist/Maker(s):

Jacopo Bassano (Italian, about 1510 or 1515 - 1592)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1550

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

62.2 x 54.9 cm (24 1/2 x 21 5/8 in.)

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A melancholy middle-aged man with a florid complexion, a long beard, and large, watery eyes looks to the side. His head inclines to the right as though he is listening to or observing someone outside the picture frame. His small, soft, half-open mouth seems about to speak. The unknown man's slightly protuberant eyes communicate an emotional state that provokes a sympathetic response from the viewer. Jacopo Bassano emphasized the man's strong, physical presence by the darkened shadow cast against the wall on the left, the solid mass of his upper body, and the way his flesh is modeled to suggest the underlying bone structure of his skull.

Provenance
by 1880 - 1907

Cyril Flower, first baron Battersea, 1843 - 1907 (London, England; The Pleasaunce, Norfolk, England), by inheritance to his wife, Constance de Rothschild Flower, 1907.

1907 - 1931

Constance de Rothschild Flower, baroness Battersea, 1843 - 1931 (London, England; The Pleasaunce, Norfolk, England), possibly by inheritance or by gift to her first cousin once removed, Anthony Gustav de Rothschild, 1931.

1931 - 1939

Anthony Gustav de Rothschild, 1887 - 1961 (Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England) [sold, Rothschild sale, Christie's, London, May 25, 1939, lot 251, to Singer.]

1939 -

Singer

- 1964

Carl Marks (New York, New York) [sold, Marks sale, Sotheby's, London, December 2, 1964, lot 125, to Frederick Mont, Inc.]

1964 - 1969

Frederick Mont, Inc. (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1969.

Exhibitions
Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters. Winter Exhibition, Sixteenth Year (January 5 to March 14, 1885)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 5 to March 14, 1885, (Cat.)
New Gallery exhibition (1894 to 1895)
  • New Gallery, (London), 1894 to 1895, (Cat. as Moroni, from Lord Battersea Collection.)
Jacopo Bassano c. 1510 - 1592 (September 5, 1992 to April 25, 1993)
  • Museo, Biblioteca e Archivio (Museo Civico), September 5 to December 6, 1992, (Cat. Kimbell Art Museum only)
  • Kimbell Art Museum, (Fort Worth), January 23 to April 25, 1993, (Cat. Kimbell Art Museum only)
Bibliography

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 6, ill.

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