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Attributed to Francesco Albani (Bologna 1578-1660)
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Attributed to Francesco Albani (Bologna 1578-1660)

Portrait of the artist, bust-length, in a brown doublet

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Attributed to Francesco Albani (Bologna 1578-1660)
Portrait of the artist, bust-length, in a brown doublet
oil on canvas
19 x 14 5/8 in. (48.3 x 37.2 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; London, Christie's, 8 July 1994, lot 25, as 'Andrea Sacchi', when acquired by the present owner.
Literature
S. Loire, ‘Les visages de l’Albane,’ in Studi sul barocco romano. scritti I onore di Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, Milan, 2004, pp. 120-121, pl. XVIII (as a possible self-portrait by Albani [?]).
C. Puglisi, in Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Catalogo Generale, Vol. III, Guido Reni e il Seicento, Venice, 2008, p. 196, under cat. no. 104.
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Lot Essay

This picture was previously thought to be a study for Sacchi’s portrait of Francesco Albani, painted when the artist was in Bologna in 1635, and now in the Prado, Madrid. However, Stéphane Loire (op. cit.) and, more recently, Catherine Puglisi (op. cit.) have suggested the work might be a self-portrait by the artist and compare it to Albani’s self-portrait, dated to circa 1636-38, now in the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna.

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