The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Portrait of a Nobleman
  • Giovanni Bernardo Carbone (1616 - 1683)
  • Portrait of a Nobleman
  • Italy
  • mid 17th century
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 204.5 x 135.5 cm
    Frame size: 230 x 170 cm
  • P53
  • Great Gallery
Further Reading
  • The sitter is portrayed wearing a black costume with a plain stiff collar and
    cuffs, typical of the conservative Spanish fashion worn by the Genoese nobility in the seventeenth century. He is depicted full length on a palatial terrace in front of a draped curtain, with the base of a column to the left and a balustrade offering a view of parkland to the right.
    In both composition and tonality, the painting recalls the portraiture that
    Van Dyck produced during his stay in Genoa in the early 1620s, which
    greatly inspired artists in that city. The treatment of drapery, curtain, hands
    and the landscape background in the Wallace Collection painting all recall the
    work of Van Dyck’s Genoese follower Giovanni Bernardo Carbone, who
    adopted Van Dyck’s stylistic techniques and compositional ideas.
    The picture was bought by the 4th Marquess of Hertford as a Van Dyck
    (portrait of ‘a Spanish Nobleman’) before 1850. It demonstrates the extent
    of Van Dyck’s influence on European portraiture.