Follower of Giovanni Battista Moroni
Portrait of a Man in Armor
oil on canvas
255 x 161.9 cm (100-3/8 x 63-3/4 in)
Lord Stalbridge, London; Richard de Aquila Grosvenor, 1st Baron Stalbridge [1837-1912]; Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Baron Stalbridge [1880-1949]; (sale, Christie's, London, 3 May 1929, no. 44, repro., as Moroni); E. Permain, Esq.; William Randolph Hearst [1863-1951] San Francisco, New York, and San Simeon;  sold 30 November 1942 to Gimbel Brothers, Inc., New York; Max B. Berman, New York; consigned 5 December 1944 to (French & Company, New York);  sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 7 December 1949; on loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1950-53; gift 1961 of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the North Carolina Museum of Art, no. GL.60.17.46.  According to Fern Rusk Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, Italian Schools XVI-XVIII Century, London, 1973, p. 34, the painting was included but unsold at the Hearstsale, Hammer Galleries, New York, 1941, but this does not appear to be the case. Hearst inventory notes that Nash's Magazine (one of Hearst's magazines) purchased the painting "5/31/29 [probably 5/3/29?]; the painting was at San Simeon after January 17, 1930; transferred December 1, 1937 to American Newspapers, Inc. (another Hearst property). See provenance report by Amy Walsh in NCMA curaotrial files.  On loan to Los Angeles Museum, from French & Company, from October 1, 1946 to 1948.