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  • Portrait of a Senator

    Artist:
    Carbone, Giovanni Bernardo. 1616-1683
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    139,5х98 cm

Carbone, Giovanni Bernardo. 1616-1683

Portrait of a Senator

Italy, 1660s-1670s

This portrait was at one time regarded as a work by Guido Reni, but its last private owner, Pavel Sergeyevich Stroganov, made a note (in French) in the handwritten catalogue of his collection: “Guido Reni (not Guido, but Carbone from Genoa, an imitator of Van Dyck). The portrait of Giustiniani comes from the auction of the Palazzo Giustiniani in Rome, the Piazza di San Luigi de’ Francesi – Russia’s old embassy to the Holy See. My brother Grigory bought this splendid portrait at the sale and presented it to me in St Petersburg on 18 December 1893.” Later it became known simply as a Portrait of a Senator. The aspirations of grandeur entertained by aristocrats of the Genoese Republics were fully matched by a type of formal portrait in which an important role was allotted to a noble bearing, a sincere gaze and restrained gestures. Carbone adhered very successfully to those principles, having picked up many techniques from the portraits of Anthony van Dyck, who worked in Genoa between 1621 and 1627.

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Portrait of a Senator

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oil

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139,5х98 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1912; a gift from the heirs of Count P.S. Storganov

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ГЭ-2474

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