Analysis of a c.1700 Portrait

  • I was recently asked by the owners of an Old Masters painting to tell them about it. What's the date, where was it painted, who is the subject of the portrait, who was the artist, etc. This work offers an opportunity to examine a painting that has hardly been touched by restoration, so it's in almost original state--it's not been relined, the strecher is original, the frame is probably original. The painting is unsigned, and there's really no provenance. It's a challenge, but we've made some headway, and maybe a viewer will be able to help us with additional information. Please let me know what you think.