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Portrait of a Man
Ceresa, Carlo
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Ceresa, Carlo

San Giovanni Bianco, Bergamo, 1609 - Bergamo, 1679

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Portrait of a Man

1645 - 1650. Oil on canvas.
Room 005

This canvas, which was previously attributed to Velázquez, depicts an unknown sitter with a serious, slightly melancholy expression, looking intently at the viewer. Ceresa, who worked in Bergamo in northern Italy, used extremely thin glazes that allow the red ground to show through. His style was influenced by Daniele Crespi and Guido Reni, whose work is also on display in this room.

Technical data

Inventory number
Ceresa, Carlo
Portrait of a Man
1645 - 1650
Height: 62 cm; Width: 51 cm
Legacy of Virginia Woodbury Lowery, Duchess Arcos, 1935

Bibliography +

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Pintura italiana del S. XVII en España, Universidad Fundación Valdecilla, Madrid, 1965, pp. 341.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Papi. Gianni, A new portrait by Carlo Ceresa, The Burlington magazine, 141, 1999, pp. 420.

Valagussa, Giovanni, Ritratto di gentiluomo. In, Carlo Ceresa. Un pittore del seicento lombardo tra realtà e devozione., Silvana, 2012, pp. 230-231.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1686.
Autor, anónimo italiano. / 1686. Asunto, hombre joven con tufos./Lienzo, 62 x 52 cm. / Nº catálogo, 2589 / Legado del duque de Arcos, en 1935....

Exhibitions +

Carlo Ceresa (1609-1679). A Painter between Reality and Devoutness
10.03.2012 - 24.06.2012

Location +

Room 005 (On Display)

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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