Lot 144

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Attributed to Giovanni Battista Langetti (Italian, 1625 - 1676), "St. Jerome" (or possibly St. Paul), oil on canvas, depicts an elderly bearded man partially clad in flowing red robes in three quarter profile looking up to the upper right, dark background, on 19th C. stretcher and in c. 1860 American gilt cove frame, 1936 Wadsworth Atheneum label verso, wear consistent with age and use including damages to frame, heavy varnish, craquelure, minor scattered losses near edge, frame size: canvas size: 29" h. x 25" w. [ATTRIBUTION: Attribution by Anna Orlando, an expert of Genoese Painting of the XVI-XVII centuries, who notes the painting is "quite typical {of} the way he paints mains (and nails), the quantity of paint he uses, his taste for nude and so on…][PROVENANCE: Acquired by the Hartford Art Society , who in turn loaned it to the Wadsworth Atheneum on June 16th 1936 and then given label stating artist as "Ribera" and title of "St. Jerome", the painting was displayed for years among the museum's own collections on the second-floor galleries of the Morgan building before being returned to HAS on December 15th , 1941 and stored in archives until being consigned for auction at Winter Associates in 2018.]

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