Portrait of Carlo Cirelli

Giorgio de Chirico, Italian (born Greece), 1888 - 1978

Date:
1915

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
30 1/2 × 25 1/4 inches (77.5 × 64.1 cm) Framed: 35 7/8 × 30 11/16 × 2 inches (91.1 × 77.9 × 5.1 cm)

Copyright:
© 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2008-111-1

Credit Line:
Gift of C. K. Williams, II, 2014

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Although better known for his mysterious images of empty piazzas and brooding mannequins, Giorgio de Chirico also painted a large number of portraits and self-portraits during his career. He created this portrait in October 1915 while living in the Italian city of Ferrara, where he was stationed in the 27th Infantry Regiment during World War I. Carlo Cirelli, a corporal in the Italian army, befriended de Chirico during his military service. The artist later recalled that Cirelli was a man of rare sensitivity, intelligence, and exquisite taste, and this portrayal places special emphasis on the corporal's carefully manicured fingernails, which are tapered like the sharpened points of fountain pens.