Giovanni Domenico Ferretti, 1692-1768
Artist: Giovanni Domenico Ferretti
Title: Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a blue coat, his arms on a draped stone ledge
About: Florence 1692-1768
Measurements: 106 x 82.6 cm
“This beautiful Portrait of a Gentleman is a rare addition to Giovanni Domenico Ferretti’s oeuvre as a portraitist. Our canvas, with its glowing colors and architectural elements - the fountain, if it were identifiable, might indicate the patron - is almost completely unknown, as is the identity of the sitter, no doubt a Tuscan noble of the first half of the eighteenth century. The same elegance and splendid pictorical handling is recognizable in other works by Ferretti, such as the portrait of Francis of Lorraine, Holy Roman Emperor and Grand Duke of Tuscany (Pisa, Museo Nazionale), datable to after 1745, and the portrait of a Gentleman with dogs (pen and wash; Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts, cat. Pluchart 220), both signed, or the Self-Portrait in black chalk (Vienna, Albertina, inv. 1287). For these works, see Edward A. Master, Gian Domenico Ferretti, (Florence, 1968), figs. 121, 147 and 1 (Rigaud, 1915)."
Literature: New York Historical Society catalogue, 1915, p. 106, n. D-35 (as H. Rigaud)