4 December 2013,
Price realised GBP 11,250
GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000
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)
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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).
B. Tyszkiewicz (according to an inscription on the reverse of the relining canvas).
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