Oil on canvas, relined, measuring 17" by 21" (24" by 28" as framed) signed at upper left in red by listed Italian painter CLAUDIO RINALDI (and below which he wrote "Firenze"---where he was active between the 1860's and 1890's). There doesn't seem to be a lot of information available on the artist, but the subject matter and the handling of the faces are consistent with a number of other works by his hand that have appeared on the market in Europe and America. Paintings of sweet, sentimental genre scenes by Rinaldi have reached nearly $20,000 at auction. CONDITION: Under a black light I see it has had some (nicely executed/hard to see) restoration work, including an apparent 7" horizontal line in the lower area through the pants, and possibly a few other touch ups in the man's clothing. At top left however there has been some work in and around the signature area. I entertain the possibility that it has been strengthened somewhat.
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