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Portrait of a Man

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of a Man

Artist/Maker:

Francesco Salviati (Italian, 1510 - 1563)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1544–1548

Medium:

Oil on panel

Object Number:

86.PB.476

Dimensions:

109.7 × 86.4 cm (43 3/16 × 34 in.)

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Object Description

Salviati was active in both Florence and Rome, but his patronage during these periods was inconsistent, leading to difficulty in identifying his sitters and dating his paintings. The name of this elegantly attired man is unknown; we may only infer from the painting’s origin in Florence and his stately dress that he was a gentleman of high standing from that city. Florentine artists like Francesco Salviati were renowned for their ability to successfully convey the authority of their sitters—here, the man’s formal pose, severe demeanor and commanding stare suggest dignity and prestige. Looking out toward the viewer, he holds a letter, perhaps a note of introduction, in his left hand. His formal pose is reminiscent of antique statues, an allusion to permanence and invulnerability.

The artist effectively captured the tactile qualities of the various fabrics, from the rich green velvet of the cascading curtains to the gentleman's black silk vest and his purple slashed sleeves. The affected gesture, confident posture, and strident colors of this portrait are characteristic of mid-sixteenth-century Florentine portraiture.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1904 -
by about 1950/1955 - still in 1979

Heim Gallery (London) (London, England)

- 1982

Colnaghi (London, England; New York, New York)

1982 - 1986

Daniel Varsano (Connecticut), sold through Zangrilli, Brady & Co., Ltd. (New York, New York) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Mostra del cinquecento toscano (April to October, 1940)
  • Palazzo Strozzi (Florence), April to October 1940
Discoveries from the Cinquecento (June 17 to November 6, 1982)
  • P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London, June 17 to August 7, 1982
  • P & D Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. (New York), October 6 to November 6, 1982
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