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Possibly Don Gaspar Méndez de Haro y Guzmán, 7th Marquis del Carpio e Heliche and 5th Conde Duque de Olivares [d. 1687], Madrid, 1651.[1] Count Ferdinand Bonaventura Harrach [1636-1706], Vienna, by 1697;[2] by inheritance to his son, Count Alois Thomas Raymund Harrach [1669-1742], Viceroy of Naples from 1728 until 1731; remained in the Galerie Harrach, Vienna, until 1930, when Count Otto Harrach[3] sold it to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased 15 December 1936 by The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh;[4] gift 1937 to NGA.

Technical Summary

The support consists of a single piece of coarse, open, plain-weave fabric attached to a lining of comparable material. There are irregular holes and punctures in the fabric. The tacking margin has been removed. The top and sides appear to have been folded over the width of the stretcher bar, while the bottom edge may have been enlarged. The paint is very thinly applied over a rough red-brown ground. The picture is solvent abraded, especially in the thinly painted dark areas. There are scattered losses in the background, and retouching is heavily applied along the right and bottom edges. A minor loss is located in the sitter's forehead and another at the crown of his head.


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Brown, Jonathan, and Richard G. Mann. Spanish Paintings of the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1990: 120-122, repro. 121.

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