Artist Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian, between 1448 and 1449 - 1494
Title
  • Portrait of a Man
  • A Man
Date 15th century
Medium fresco
Dimensions Unframed: 20 3/8 × 15 1/4 inches (51.8 × 38.7 cm)
Framed: 30 1/4 × 25 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches (76.8 × 64.1 × 7 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 31.53
Department European Painting
Not On View
until 1902, collection of Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael (Castle Craig, Scotland);
May 13, 1902, auctioned by (Christie's, London, England), lot 270;
until 1906, collection of Ernest William Beckett, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe (London, England);
May 12, 1906, auctioned by (Christie's, probably London, England), lot 24;
May 12, 1906, purchased by Burgess;
purchased by (Arthur Joseph Sully, London, England);
1930, collection of R. H. Ward (London, England);
1931, (Siegfried Aram, New York, New York, USA);
1931-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Scharf, A. "Ein bisher unbekanntes Bildnis von Domenico Ghirlandaio," Der Cicerone, vol. 22 (1930): pp. 591-94, esp. p. 592, (repr.).

Valentiner, W. R. "Portrait of an Old Man by Domenico Ghirlandaio," Bulletin of the DIA, vol. 13, no. 1 (October 1931): pp. 5-7.

Frankfurter, A. "Ghirlandaio and Mainardi: A study in portraiture," The Antiquarian (1931): p. 56 [dates DIA picture to ca. 1482-83].

van Marle, R. The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, vol. 13. The Hague, 1931, p. 57 [dates as contemporary with Sassetti Chapel, early 1480's].

Berenson, B. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 192.

Richardson, E. P., ed. DIA Catalogue of Paintings, 2nd ed. Detroit, 1944, p. 52, no. 542 [dates picture to ca. 1475].

Lorenzo il Magnifico e le Arti. Exh. cat., Palazzo Strozzi. Florence, May 21-October 31, 1949, p. 68, no. 3, [Sala X, in exhibition].

Masterpieces of Painting and Sculpture. Detroit, 1949, p. 55, (repr. only).

Richardson, E.P., ed. Treasures from the DIA. Detroit, 1960, p. 76.

Berenson, B. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School, vol. 1. New York, 1963, p. 74.

Paintings in the DIA: a checklist of the paintings acquired before June 1965. Detroit, 1965, p. 45.

Shearman, J. Andrea del Sarto, vol. 2. London, 1965, p. 275.

Frederickson, B. & F. Zeri. Census of pre-19th Century Italian Paintings in North American Collections. 1972, p. 82 [as "Portrait of Man in Profile" in the manner of Domenico Ghirlandaio].