European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Portrait of a Man in ArmorMade in Spain, Europe
Late 16th century
Artist/maker unknown, Spanish
Oil on canvas
32 x 24 1/2 inches (81.3 x 62.2 cm)
Currently not on view
1977-167-1083Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
Sale, Castle of Verzuolo collection (Piedmont, Italy) and other property selected by Raoul Tolentino, American Art Galleries, New York, February 16-18, 1922, no. 395 (as "Portrait of the Duke of Savoy", illus.) . Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch (1884-1976), New York; bequest to PMA, 1977.
1. The sale catalogue introduction states that Tolentino acquired the entire contents of the Verzuolo castle, a former property of the dukes of Savoy. According to news accounts, the current owners, who had no connection with the Savoy family, had used the collection as collateral for a loan (NY Times, February 12, 1922, p. 6). Tolentino (d. 1928), described in a 1924 American Art Galleries catalogue as "an expert antiquarian of Rome," had galleries at no. 57, Via Sistina, Rome.
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