Inventory number
P07858
Author
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Title
Ferdinando Brandani
Chronology
Ca. 1650
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
50,5 cm x 47 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Edmund Davis, Chilham Castle (Inglaterra), 1939; Subasta de Christie's Londres, 1939; diversas colecciones hasta su adquisición por el Museo del Prado a través de los anticuarios Wildenstein & Co, Nueva York, 2003.

A study of the style and formal characteristics of this painting make it possible to date it around the time that Velázquez made his second trip to Italy. Thus, this is the only work of Velázquez in the Prado Museum collection from that time. The model's hairstyle, mustache and goatee are in keeping with the fashion at the court of Pope Innocence X, and the composition is more related to portraits by artists working in Italy in the central decades of that century, such as Bernini, than with earlier works by Velázquez. Moreover, the expressive and communicative emphases in this work are characteristic of other portraits Velázquez made in Rome. For many years the sitter’s identity was unknown but he has recently been identified as the banker Ferdinando Brandini (1603?-1654). Of Portuguese ancestry, Brandini was close to Juan de Córdoba, the Spanish agent who looked after Velázquez in Rome.

 
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