Auction 1010, Old Masters & 19th Century, 11.05.2013, 11:00, Cologne Lot 1018

Domínikos Theotokópoulos, called El Greco, PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN

Domenico Theotocopuli, PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, Auction 1010 Old Masters & 19th Century, Lot 1018

Domínikos Theotokópoulos, called El Greco

1540 Crete - 1614 Toledo

PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN

Oil on canvas (relined). 108 x 86 cm.

Provenance

Herschel V. Jones collection, USA. - Minneapolis Institute of Arts, since 1943. - sold in 1958. - Private collection, Milan. - Private collection, Germany.

Literature

A. Mayer: El Greco, 1931, p. 63/64, no. 346. - Bulletin MIA, October 1936 and June 1941. - J. Camón Aznar: Domenico Greco, 1950, 2. ed. 1970, p. 755. - H. Wethey: El Greco and his school, X - 175. - José Gudiol: The Complete Paintings of El Greco, 1983, p. 250/51, ill. 234, no. 218.

In art historical publications since August Mayer this painting is frequently considered to be a work by El Greco. It is an unfinished painting in which the face is finely executed and the body only sketched (cf. Gudiol op. cit. p. 251). In addition to this, the poor condition also limits the impact. The composition, typology and physiognomy all fit the oeuvre of El Greco.

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