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Title Portrait of an Unknown Man
Collection Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
Artist Italian School
Previously attrbuted to Titian (Venetian painter and draftsman, ca. 1488-1576)
Date Earliest probably about 1580
Date Latest probably about 1620
Description William Hunter believed this to be a portrait of the famous Renaissance anatomist Vesalius, and to have been painted by Titian, who was thought to have designed the illustrations to Vesalius's great anatomical work De Humani Corporis Fabrica of 1543. The belief that the painting was of Vesalius was based in the sitter's superficial resemblance to the frontispiece portrait of Vesalius in his book.
Current Accession Number GLAHA43830
Subject portrait; figure
Measurements 73.2 x 60.3 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Dr William Hunter 1783.
Provenance Richard Mead sale, Langford's, 20-22 March 1754, lot 39, bought by Lord Montford for £39.
Principal Exhibitions “My Highest Pleasures”: William Hunter's Art Collection, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, 2007, no. 106.
Publications Black, Peter, ed., "My Highest Pleasures": William Hunter's Art Collection, London, 2007, pp. 159, 180, ill. p. 52
Rights Owner Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
Author Peter Black
 

 

 

 

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