An exceptional oil portrait of Lord Vincenzo Radone, inscribed in Latin upper left and translated by Dr. Mathew Vester, a specialist in Savoyard history as follows “A lifelike image of Vincenzo Radone, the equestrian standard bearer of the Duke, the most illustrious lord, Commander of 500 men, knight (Order of Maurice), the Royal Governor of Ormea, his Highness, in Savoy in his 39th year, in the year 1698”. There are letters of Vincenzo Radone in the series “Lettere Particolari," at the Archivio di Stato di Torino for a number of years in the second half of the 17th century. The southern part of Piedmont (the area of Mondovi and mountainous districts south of it) erupted during this period in the famous “Salt War”. Randone was a participant and a loyal servant placed by the Duke of Savoy as governor of a strategic location within this zone (Ormea).
This oil on canvas portrait has been relined, and, upon close inspection, one will find that the canvas was weaved about 30+ inches from the left to the extent of the height, to make a larger canvas from standard size.
This portrait was most likely gifted by Vittorio Armedeo II while he was Duke of Savoy 1725-1730. Armedeo later went on to become King of Sicily 1713-1720 and King of Sardinia 1720-1730. His crown crest appears in the lower right.
The painting is framed in a molded giltwood frame. Dimensions: 50.5 in H x 35 in W, actual; 56.75 in H x 40.88 in W, framed.
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