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Follower of Jacopo Bassano (c. 1510-1592)

A Painter's Self-Portrait 1600-30

RCIN 402848

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This mysterious portrait is first firmly recorded in one of George III's inventories where it is listed as a Portrait of an Artist by Bassano (an attribution now widely disputed) and noted as being ‘very fine'. During conservation, an X-radiograph revealed the figure of a woman painted upside down underneath the current portrait, while removal of later overpaint in the area around the artist’s palette exposed a partially-cropped crucifix. Cat. 56