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Pietro Paolini (Italian, Lucchese, 1603-1681),
Young Man With a Red Cap , 1628-1630
oil on canvas, 20 x 17 ¾ in.; 50.8 x 45.1 cm
Partial gift of the Gilbert C. Swanson Foundation and Museum Purchase Fund, 1989.8
Formerly attributed to Girolamo da Carpi (Italian, ca. 1501-1556). Reattributed to Pietro Paolini through curatorial research during the 2017 reinstallation process.

Past overpainting had obscured the original paint layer and the artist’s primary intentions. After conservation, and based on the figure type, costume, and dramatic lighting, this painting was likely produced by Paolini during his early period when Caravaggio’s influence was at its strongest. Similar works by Paolini dating from 1628 to 1630 suggest this time frame for Joslyn’s painting. The red hat used in Joslyn’s painting appears on figures in two other Paolini works. The subject of Joslyn’s painting, a “head study,” is also in keeping with Paolini’s practice.

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