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Francesco Napoletano
Portrait of a Young Man

K1565
2875
Italian
1495-1500
oil on panel
Painting
38.7 x 32.7 cm (15-1/4 x 12-7/8 in)
Prince Astorre Hercolani [1779-1828], Bologna, as Francesco Francia; sold by Hercolani family in 1836. [1] Sir John Charles Robinson [1824–1913], London, by 1863; Sir Francis Cook, 1st Bart. [1817–1901], Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey, as of 1868; Sir Frederick Cook, 2nd Bart. [1844–1920]; Sir Herbert Cook, 3rd Bart. [1868–1939]; (Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 11 July 1948; gift 1961 to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, no. F61-63. [1] The Hercolani Archive is still privately owned by the family in Bologna, Italy. The painting then attributed to Francesco Francia is mentioned as part of the Hercolani Collection in an inventory (inv. number 1966) published by B. Ghelfi "Un nuovo inventario della Galleria Hercolani", in “L'Archiginnasio. Bollettino della Biblioteca Comunale di Bologna”, n. CII, 2007, pp. 405-469. According to this inventory, the painting was sold by the Hercolani family on 7 May 1836. It is possible that the painting was sold directly to Sir Charles Robinson, former curator for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, who was acting as art advisor for Sir Francis Cook.
F61-63
1565
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