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Title Portrait of Antonio Canal (1567 - 1650)
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Dyck, Daniel van den (Flemish painter and etcher, ca. 1610-1670, active in Italy)
Attributed to Regnier, Nicolas (Flemish painter, ca.1590-1667)
Previously attributed to Italian School
Date 1647 (dated)
Description The sitter is Antonio Canal di Giovanni and he was 81 years of age when his portrait was painted wearing the red robes and stole of the Procurator di S. Marco di Citra. The Office of Procurator was one of high honour in Venice and there were normally only nine holders of the title. Traditionally, Procurators had their portraits painted at the time of their election and these were exhibited in public on the day they made their ceremonial entry into office.

Daniel van den Dyck was a Fleming by birth and training who settled in Venice where he painted portraits and history paintings. In 1658, he moved to Mantua to become Inspector of the Duke of Mantua's art collection.

Current Accession Number 1958P5
Former Accession Number P.558
Inscription front cl (on plaque) 'ANTONIUS CANALIS/ D.M. PROC.r. A.o. 1647/ AETA.s SUEA 81'
Subject portrait (Canal, Antonio)
Measurements 113.0 x 98.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Agnew's 1958.
Provenance Oliver Vernon Watney, Cornbury Park; by descent to his daughter; Agnew's.
Principal Exhibitions Seicento Venezia, Venice, 1959, cat. no. 90 as Niccolo Regnier; Primitives to Picasso, Burlington House, London, 1962, cat. no. 93; Venetian Seventeenth Century Painting, National Gallery, London, 1979, cat. no. 32.
Publications Ivanoff, N., 'I Ritralti dell Avogaria', Arte Veneta, 1954, p. 276; Burlington Magazine, vol. 100, June 1958, p. 91; Pallucchini, R., Pantheon, vol. 1, 1960, p. 8; Donzelli, C. and G. M. Pilo, I Pittori del seicento Veneto, Florence, 1967, pp. 404 - 407, pl. 448; Luigi Fantelli, P., 'Nicolo Renieri' Pittor Fiamengo', Saggi e Memoire di storia dell 'arte, vol. 9, 1974, p. 93; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 54, ill.
Notes This painting was not included in the 1915 catalogue of the Watney Collection.

Attributed to Daniel van den Dyck by Fiocco and exhibited at Venice in 1959 as a Regnier. Opinion over the attribution remains divided. Pallucchini, Ivanoff, Donzelli and Pilo favour Van den Dyck. Fantelli favours Regnier. The catalogue entry for the National Gallery Venetian Seventeenth Century Painting exhibition in 1979 argues persuasively for an attribution to Van den Dyck.

Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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