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    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 240

    Attributed to Paolo Caliari, il Veronese Verona 1528-1588 Venice

    Portrait of a gentleman, seated three-quarter length

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    Attributed to Paolo Caliari, il Veronese Verona 1528-1588 Venice
    Portrait of a gentleman, seated three-quarter length
    oil on canvas
    53 x 38¾ in. 134.6 x 98.4 cm.

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    The present portrait has been accepted as autograph by Osmond (1927) and Fiocco (1934), as well as more recently by Teresio Pignatti and Filippo Pedrocco (1995), though Marini expressed some reservations (1968). Stylistically it relates to two other portraits of gentlemen, one in Amsterdam and one in Dresden, and the three-quarter-length format was a favorite of the artist. The bold brushwork and dark tonality of the composition, with the black-robed, dark-bearded sitter set against a somber ground, suggest a later dating.


    with Thos. Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London.
    with Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam, 1927.
    Looted by the Nazi authorities, July 1940.
    Recovered by the Allies, 1945.
    in the custody of the Dutch Government.
    Restituted in February 2006 to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker.

    Pre-Lot Text



    D. Hadeln, Burlington Magazine, November 1924, p. 211, no. 260, illustrated.
    P.H. Osmond, Paolo Veronese: His career and work, London, 1927.
    A. Venturi, Paolo Veronese per il IV centiario della nascita, Milan, 1928, p. 203, no. 141, illustrated.
    G. Fiocco, Paolo Veronese, Bologna, 1928, p. 1, no. 82, illustrated.
    G. Fiocco, Paolo Veronese, Rome, 1934.
    A. Venturi, 'Paolo Veronese', Storia dell'Arte italiana, IX-4, p. 861.
    R. Marini, L'opera completa del Veronese, Milan, 1968.
    T. Pignatti, Veronese, Venice, I-II, 1976, p. 129, no. 144, fig. 401.
    R. Palluchini, Veronese, Milan, 1984, p. 90.
    Old master paintings: An illustrated summary catalogue, Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst (The Netherlandish Office for the Fine Arts), The Hague, 1992, p. 302, no. 2670, illustrated (as 'Paolo Veronese').
    T. Pignatti and F. Pedrocco, Paolo Veronese, Milan, 1995, p. 274, no. 178, illustrated.


    Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Italiaansche kunst in Nederlandsch bezit, July-October 1934, no. 407.
    Chancery of the Holy See, Rome, on loan.