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Benedetto Gennari (Cento 1563-1658)
Benedetto Gennari (Cento 1563-1658)

Portrait of a clergyman, half-length, in black robes, holding a letter

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Benedetto Gennari (Cento 1563-1658)
Portrait of a clergyman, half-length, in black robes, holding a letter
inscribed ‘Al Rev:mo Sig:re Sig:r Prov:r Col:mo [?] / il Sig:r Can:co Girol:o Giraldi […] / delle Monache di Cento e Pieve / Cento’ (on the letter)
oil on canvas
39 1/8 x 31¼ in. (99.5 x 79.5 cm.)
with inscription ‘B. TYSZKIEWICZ / […] Anno Aetatis Suae LIX: Obÿt XXI Martij/ 1676 Annum LXXX agen […]’ (on the reverse of the relining canvas, possibly recording an inscription on the verso of the original canvas)
Provenance
B. Tyszkiewicz (according to an inscription on the reverse of the relining canvas).

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Lot Essay

A member of the ancient Giraldi family from Cento, Girolamo di Giovanbattista Giraldi was a canon at the collegiata and vicar of the nuns of Cento and Pieve (G.F. Erri, Dell’origine di Cento e di sua Pieve…, Bologna, 1769, p. 292).

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