Portrait of a Bearded Man

oil on canvas mounted to board
17 x 13-3/4 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mrs. William H. Conroy
Accession number
Not Currently On View
Deaccessioned on
June 18th, 2008
Transfer notes
Sold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 39)
Secondary example 
Auction Sale Price - $4000
Sold at (Lepke, Berlin) in 1927.{1} Mrs. William H. Conroy, Indianapolis by 1959; given to IMA in 1959 (59.25).

{1} The art historian Fritz Heinemann attributed this painting to Damiano Mazzo of Titian's studio, and noted that it had been sold at (Lepke, Berlin) in 1927, as per correspondence from 1976 in IMA Historical File (59.25). Indeed, lot. no. 135 (ill.) in Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Berlin, Gemälde Alter Meister XV. bis XVIII. Jahrhundert aus Englischem und Österreichischem Sammlerbesitz, 29 March 1927, is this painting, then attributed to "Tintoreto". (Painting conservator, David Miller, notes that the photograph in the auction catalogue wsa taken of this painting in a heavily overpainted state; since that time much of the overpainting has been removed.) A partially illegible custom's stamp on the back saying "Zollamt B…(illegible)" indicates that this painting passed through German-speaking Europe.
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