Vincenzo Tamagni, Portrait of a lady in a crimson dress. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby’s.

oil on panel; 37 by 28 in.; 94 by 71 cm.

Provenance: Dr. Rothmann, Berlin, in 1927;
With Fischer Lucerna;
Kisters collection, Kreuzlingen, by 1965.

Notes: Federico Zeri was the first to ascribe this striking portrait to Vincenzo Tamagni in 1965, when the painting was in the Kisters collection, Kreuzlingen (see Provenance) and the attribution was more recently endorsed by Carlo Falciani.  Born in the Tuscan town of San Gimignano, Vincenzo Tamagni was a pupil of Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, called Sodoma.  His early works, such as the Virgin and Child with Saints in the ex-pharmacy of the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Croce in Montalcino, Siena, were very much in the style of his master, whom Tamagni closely imitated.  After a brief sojourn in Rome, the artist returned to Siena at which point his works took on the influence Andrea del Brescianino.

This arresting portrait is clearly indebted to Brescianino’s painting style: the soft sfumato effects employed for the molding of the drapery folds and of the face, the heavily shaded eyes and pert little mouth instantly recall the Sienese master.  The face here can be closely compared to that of the sitter in Brescianino’s Portrait of a Lady now in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini, Rome (inv. no. 1778).1

We are grateful to Carlo Falciani for endorsing the attribution following firsthand inspection.

1.  L. Mochi Onori and R. Vodret Adamo, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Palazzo Barberini, i dipinti. Catalogo sistematico, Rome 2008, p. 311.

Sotheby’s. Selected Renaissance and Mannerist Works of Art Assembled by Fabrizio Moretti, New York, 29 janv. 2015, 02:00 PM