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Alessandro Longhi

(Venice, Italy, June 12, 1733 - 1813, Venice, Italy)

Portrait of a Gentleman, c. 1750
Oil on canvas
35 1/2 in. x 28 in. (90.17 cm. x 71.12 cm.)

Creation Place: Europe, Italian
Technique: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961
Accession Number: P61.1.10

Commentary
Although the setting of this portrait of a Venetian gentleman is spare and simple, it tells us a great deal about the individual pictured. Clearly, he is a man of some wealth: his clothing--a shoulder-length wig, black velvet jacket, and shirt with lace-trimmed sleeves--appears expensive, as does the high-backed chair, which is gilded and upholstered in red velvet. The book he holds, along with the inkwell and pens on the desk, indicate that he is educated. Relaxed and surrounded by comforts, he meets the viewer's gaze with a look of solemn self-assurance.

Provenance
Kress Collection (K1265), 1941. Gift of Kress Collection, 1961.

Related Objects
A box of Xrays of the Kress Collection is on Shelf G in the Vault (6/5/2018).

Bibliography
Sarah Allen and Julia Patzelt, Beyond Appearance: Constructing Likeness (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2003), 13-14 (illustrated/ color).

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