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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 68

    Anton von Maron Vienna 1733-1808 Rome

    Portrait of Cardinal Carlo Rezzonico, a head sketch

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    Anton von Maron Vienna 1733-1808 Rome
    Portrait of Cardinal Carlo Rezzonico, a head sketch
    oil on canvas
    15 5/8 x 12¼ in. 39.7 x 31.1 cm.


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    Together with Pompeo Batoni, Anton von Maron was the most highly regarded portrait painter in eighteenth-century Rome, and he received numerous commissions from both church dignitaries and English aristocrats passing through on the Grand Tour. The sitter for the present head sketch, Carlo Cardinal Rezzonico (1724-1799) was the nephew of Pope Clement XIII, also called Carlo Rezzonico. He served as Camerlengo, or Chamberlain, of the Holy Roman Church. Swiftly executed yet with an unmistakable sensitivity for features and facial expression, this sketch is evidently a preparatory study for a larger, perhaps full-length portrait.