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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 124

    Studio of Justus Suttermans (Antwerp 1597-1681 Florence)

    Portrait of Ferdinand II de' Medici (1610-1670), Grand Duke of Tuscany, full-length

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    Studio of Justus Suttermans (Antwerp 1597-1681 Florence)
    Portrait of Ferdinand II de' Medici (1610-1670), Grand Duke of Tuscany, full-length
    oil on canvas
    64 3/8 x 43 ½ in. (163.6 x 110.5 cm.)


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    The son of Cosimo II and his wife, Maria Maddalena of Austria, Ferdinando II was born in Florence on 14 July 1610. His father's early death in 1621 marked the start of a long regency that lasted until he was able to assume complete control of Tuscany at age 18. Multiple versions of this type exist, the closest of which appears to be the three-quarter-length portrait in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (no. 45.128.13).

    Provenance

    with F. Kleinberger, Paris, by 1911; American Art Association, New York, 23 January 1918, lot 76, as 'JUSTUS SUSTERMANS' to the following.
    with Scott and Fowles, New York.
    with M. Knoedler & Co., New York; Christie's, London, 26 July 1935, lot 74, as 'J. SUSTERMANS'.
    Jules Forges, Paris, from whose estate sold through Pier Nesi, United States of America, in April 1954 to the following.
    Private collection, Venezuela, where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE SOUTH AMERICAN COLLECTION


    Literature

    A.J. Wauters, 'Le Siècle de Rubens et l'Exposition d'Art ancien, Revue de Belgique, August 1910, p. 314.
    P. Bautier, 'On a lost portrait by Justus Suttermans', The Burlington Magazine, July 1911, pp. 234-239, pl. A, as Justus Suttermans.
    P. Bautier, Juste Suttermans: Peintre des Me´dicis, Brussels, 1912, p. 20, as Justus Suttermans.
    K. Langedijk, The Portraits of the Medici: 15th-18th Centuries, I, Florence, 1981, p. 186; II, Florence, 1981, p. 789, no. 38 and 41.


    Exhibited

    Brussels, Exposition Trécentenaire, no. 431 (according to the 1918 sale catalogue; possibly identical with the following).
    Brussels, Exposition d'Art Ancien: L'Art Belge au XVIIe Siècle, June-November 1910, no. 445, as 'Portrait d'un prince de la Maison de Savoie', as Justus Suttermans.
    Paris, Palais du Domaine de Bagatelle, Les modes, A travers trois Siècles, 15 May-15 July 1911, no. 149, as Justus Suttermans.