attributed to: Stradanus
Flemish, 1523 - 1605

Portrait of Niccolo Capponi, 1579
Oil on panel
Gift of June Pilliod Torrey, class of 1939
Period: 16th c
Classification: Painting
Dimensions: Framed: 53 1/2 x 41 3/8 x 3 1/4 in. (135.89 x 105.09 x 8.26 cm) Unframed: 45 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (115.57 x 90.17 cm)
Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings v
Inscribed (with subsequent reinforcement): (sitter's name, age and date) 1579
Inscribed (with subsequent reinforcement): (sitter's name, age and date) 1579; (verso, red wax): (collector's seal)
1. (Verso, red wax): (collector's seal); 2. (Paper label, typed in black): JAMES BOURLET & SONS Ltd.,/Fine Art Packers, Frame Makers/D 8073/17 & 18, NASSAU STREET, MORTIMER STREET. W./Phones. - MUSEUM 1871 & 7588; 3. (Paper label, typed in black): ALLESANDRO ALLORI/PORTRAIT OF NICCOLO CAPPONI, Son of Luigi Capponi (whose first/wife was the celebrated Luisa Strozzi)/In black dress with white frills at the neck and wrists,/holding a book in his right hand; a clock on a table by/his side/With inscription, and date 1579/On panel -- 45 1/2 by 33 1/2 in./Formerly in the Collection of Pecori of Florence who succeeded to the inheritance of the Antmori branch of the Capponi family.
Provenance v
Capponi, Florence; by descent to Antmori branch of Capponi family, Florence; by descent to Pecori, Florence. Sale (?), Sotheby Parke Bernet, NY, Thursday, June 17, 1982, Sale no. 4894 M, Important Old Master Paintings; Loaned 1982 to VC Art Gallery by June Pilliod Torrey ‘39; given 1986 to VC Art Gallery by Torrey.
Published References v
Philippe Costamagna, “Deux portraits de Luigi Capponi et de son fils Niccolò peints par Giovanni Stradano,” Paragone 479-481, 1990, p. 101-104, repr. pl. 76; Sotheby Bernet, NY, Thursday June 17, sale no. 4894 M, “Important Old Master Paintings.”
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