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Viale Espinasse 99 Milano 20156 , Italy Call Seller 39.340.290.4295


Portrait of Giulio Gregorio Orsini by Giacomo Ceruti Italy 1755

$ 31,800
  • Description
    This is the previously unkknown portrait of the Marquis Giulio Gregorio Orsini (1699-1773), painted by Giacomo Ceruti in 1755 and used as a model for the realization, that same year, of the equestrian portrait which is today in the Koelliker collection. The latter painting, signed and dated 1755, is well known to the studies and also comes from the villa of Imbersago of the Orsini Falcò Pio family where, after 1918, the works already found their place in the Orsini palace in via Borgonuovo in Milan. As evidence of the provenance from this collection, there is a late nineteenth-century cartouche on the back of the frame which specifies, with a significant imprecision, the name of the portrayed: \\\"Prince Pio Caballiero of the Orsini family of Rome\\\". In fact, it is not a generic \\\"Prince Pio\\\" of the Orsini family of Rome but, as evidenced by the palmar resemblance to the Portrait, it is Giulio Gregorio Orsini of Rome, superintendent of the urban militia of Milan since 1755, whose assets flowed, on the death of his son Egidio Gregorio (1736-1819), in those of the family of the Falcò Pio princes - first at the Milanese palace and then, after 1918, at the villa of Imbersago. Giacomo Ceruti, Portrait of Giulio Gregorio Orsini, General Superintendent of the Urban Militia, 1755, Milan, Koelliker Collection The ability to render colors and details of the suit is emphasized as the distinctive style of Ceruti: the nobleman appears as a model, sheathed in the elegant tailcoat embellished with yellow-gold embroidery along the edges and with the lace of the jabot of the shirt; well underlined is the spotted fur collar of the cloak that wraps it down from the shoulders. Even in the drafting of the facial features, the bright and vibrant tones of the pink complexion, the expressive blue eyes, the red mouth and the firm cut stand out. The painting, originally oval, was brought to its current rectangular format with the addition of corners at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when it was inserted into the gilded frame in which it still stands.
  • More Information
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 18th Century
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Other
    Dealer Reference #: ARTPIT0001706
    Incollect Reference #: 513978
  • Dimensions
    W. 22.64 in; H. 28.35 in; D. 2.36 in;
    W. 57.5 cm; H. 72 cm; D. 6 cm;
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