Man holding a watch

1558-1560 in Italy
Sebastiano del Piombo
Tommaso Manzuoli

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Painting. [Man holding a watch] / [Maso da San Friano?]. - nd. [1558-1560]. - Oil on panel; 117 x 92.1x 3.5 cm. - Formerly attributed to Venetian artist Sebastiano del Piombo who died in 1547. This work has since been attributed to the Florentine artist Maso di San Friano (Tommaso Manzuoli, 1532/6-1571/5). - Three wax seals on verso of panel carry arms of the Hapsburg-Lorraine family, perhaps one of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and Medici arms on one of the quarterings. - This is an early depiction of a 16th century watch (not a tableclock). - Portrait, TQL; an unidentified man holds a German, drum-shaped watch with chapters marked I to XII in Roman on an outer ring and 13 to 24 in Arabic numerals on an inner ring. The hinged, pierced cover of the gilt metal case is open. A looped tape passes through the pendant for suspension of the watch round the neck. A detached alarm mechanism stands on three feet on the table, surmounted by a bell and alongside, a carrying case. The owner is finely dressed, his left hand brc. rests on the head of a dog; Renaissance period


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frame: 1364 mm x 1113 mm x 120 mm,
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
  • visual and verbal communication
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