Rembrandt at the Corsini Gallery. Self-portrait like Saint Paul
Via della Lungara, 10 - Roma
Tel. 0685301758 - Fax
Originate from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the extraordinary self-portrait of Rembrandt, signed and dated 1661, which in the eighteenth century was part of the Corsini collection and was exhibited in the rooms of the Palazzo alla Lungara, will be exhibited for the first time in Italy after 1799. The work was in fact purchased between 1737 and 1739 by Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini for 100 shields by Marie-Thérèse Gosset, widow of Nicolas Vleughels, director of the French Academy in Rome.
A recent documentary rediscovery has today clarified that the work was the protagonist of an emblematic episode of the dispersion of works of art during the French occupation of 1799.
In fact, in that year the Corsini family was forced to face the forced contributions imposed by the French government on noble Roman families. In the absence of Prince Tommaso, who took refuge in Vienna, the Corsini "master of the house", Ludovico Radice, organized the sale of 25 paintings from the collection to the well-known art dealer Luigi Mirri, who immediately sold part of it to the Englishman William Ottley.