Self Portrait with a Hat Peter Paul Rubens After Rubens Oil Painting on Canvas UFFIZI Wax Seal

An outstanding oil on canvas rendition of the infamous self portrait of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), titled “Self’Portrait With a Hat,” housed in a very elaborate wood carved ornate gold gilt frame.

The panting is extremely well executed with a very talented hand as can be seen in the brush strokes and use of color and shadowing. Signed on the reverse "Scarselli Anita" with a catalog number and the Uffizi wax seal “Galleria Degli Uffizi” on the verso.
According to a specialist of Old Masters this wax seal was placed on replica paintings that were authorized by the Uffizi Studio in Florence, Italy. This was a common practice between 1840-1940 when the Uffizi Gallery would allow talented and skilled artists in their employ to copy certain paintings for the sale to art collectors who wished to own a copy of famous works. The practice became popular in the 1700s by King Charles who commissioned over 40 works of art to be copied and hung in his residence. It was quite the "to do" to have an authorized replica of a painting from the museum.

Painting Measures: 20”x16” (50.8 cm x40.76 cm) Frame measures 22”x26” (55.88 cm x 66.04 cm).

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) Flemish Baroque painter known for portraits, landscapes, allegorical, mythological works that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. Working out of a large studio in Antwerp, His art was commissioned by collectors and nobility, one of the few artists recognized for his master of the brush during his lifetime, he was knighted by both the King of Spain and the King of England. Rubens is regarded as the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition.

Condition: Very Good Original Condition, No patches, rips, or tears. Could be re-stretched (there is a slight ripple to canvas. Frame shows some light wear consistent with age, overall Very Good.

Provenance: Long Established NY Art Collector Purchased by said collector in the early 1960s, NYC Auction House

Related Items