OIL painting possibly Saint Francis of Paola 17 / 18th Century

Malta - Collection Only


17th / 18th Century Early Portrait. Saint or Friar / Monk,  ‘ after painting ‘ possibly Maltese , modern gilt gold effect frame . With staff , rosary and hooded cloak / habit. Frame circa 1980 , modern pine with probably simulated gold leaf [ not paint ] the frame is made of glued pine  and jointed pine and is a modern version of an earlier style frame. Pencil annotations in frame are indistinct.

Relined possibly at time of re-framing.  Canvas is stable and tight. Two areas of retouching on the white scarf . Front canvas doesnt extend to full extent of rear canvas [ the relining ] The lost areas of front early canvas have been filled with gesso /or similar to make the surface flush. This filling was probably done at time of re-lining. Unattributed . Brittle 18th century oil on canvas , relined onto a stronger canvas backing ; Bought reputedly as St. Antony of Padua , I was concerned there are no grasped Lilies as is customary , so I still do not think it can be St.Anthony . I think the picture is another Franciscan monk with rosaries. Could it be Jacopone da Todi ? I dont know. Could it be Saint Hilary after Marten Pepijn ; [  the penultimate image]. I think its most likely to be Francis of Paola by Jose de Ribero [ last image ] .

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