• Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5491

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art

    28 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 164

    Circle of Jacopo Amigoni (Venice ? c.1685-1752 Madrid)

    Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as the castrato Carlo Maria Broschi, known as Farinelli (1705-1782), three-quarter-length, in armour, a spear in his left hand, his right pointing at a boar's head

    Price Realised  

    Circle of Jacopo Amigoni (Venice ? c.1685-1752 Madrid)
    Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as the castrato Carlo Maria Broschi, known as Farinelli (1705-1782), three-quarter-length, in armour, a spear in his left hand, his right pointing at a boar's head
    oil on canvas, unframed
    41 x 32½ in. (104.2 x 82.6 cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    The setting and costume are related to one of Farinelli's favorite roles, that of Epitide in Zeno's libretto Merope (1711). Farinelli sang the role three times to music by different composers including his brother Riccardo Broschi. It has been suggested that this picture may be the portrait which once hung in the armoury of his villa in Bologna and which is listed in his will.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.