17th Century Portrait Of A Young Man With A Book

17th Century Portrait Of A Young Man With A Book

A small 17th-century Italian portrait of a young man carrying a book and a walking stick. It’s beautifully aged and probably a fragment of a larger work that’s been saved at some point.

He’s wearing a grey robe which is tied around the waist and another heavier brown garment over his shoulder. It’s possible that he could be a religious figure carrying the bible, perhaps a monk.

We purchased the painting from a private seller in Italy who in turn acquired it from the region of Asti.

Oil on canvas
Size including frame
12½” x 16” / 32cm x 41cm
Year of creation
c. 1650
Provenance Italy
Craquelure throughout and significant wear in areas. However, the paint layer seems stable and not flaking. Frame with scuffs.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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