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Francisco de Matos Vieira, called Lusitano (Lisbon 1699-1783)
Francisco de Matos Vieira, called Lusitano (Lisbon 1699-1783)

A reclining male nude with his arm across his face

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Francisco de Matos Vieira, called Lusitano (Lisbon 1699-1783)
A reclining male nude with his arm across his face
with pencil inscription 'Vieira fecit Roma' and with further indistinct inscription (lower right)
red chalk, watermark oval enclosing a crown
14¾ x 20¼ in. (37.3 x 51.4 cm.)

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Lot Essay

Vieira spent two periods in Rome, the first as a young man in 1712-19, when he studied with Benedetto Luti (1666-1724) and Francesco Trevisani (1656-1746), and the second in 1722-29 after his improvident elopment with Dona Inês Elena de Lima e Mello, a nun. He later returned to Portugal, where he eventually became a painter to the Court.

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