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  • Portrait of Virginio Cesarini (1653-1703)

    Artist:
    Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    104,8x86,5 cm

Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641

Portrait of Virginio Cesarini (1653-1703)

Flanders, 1622-1623s

Virginio Cesarini (1595-1624) was a courtier in the service of Cardinal Barberini, the future Pope Urban VIII. He was a colourful figure in Italian cultural and intellectual life of his time: the author of elegant verses in Italian and Latin, a defender of Galileo and the publisher of his works. In this painting Cesarini is portrayed in clothing which shows that he holds an ecclesiastical rank. The pallor of his face, with a sickly blush on the cheeks, tell us this man was seriously ill, in fact dying of tuberculosis in the very prime of life. The dynamic manner in which the work has been painted and the Venetian colour range are very reminiscent of works by Titian, especially The Concert (1510-12, Palazzo Pitti, Florence) and this indicates that the portrait was made during the artist?s stay in Italy in 1623-1624.

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Portrait of Virginio Cesarini (1653-1703)

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oil

Dimensions:

104,8x86,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1772; acquired from the collection of L.A. Crozat, Baron de Thiers in Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-552

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