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San Diego Museum of Art’s “Portrait of a Man” – Off My Plate

December 12, 2013
Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco), "Portrait of a Man, " Oil on panel, 1506, 11 7/8 x 10 1/8 in.  Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, The San Diego Museum of Art, 1941.100 (Www.sdmart.org)

Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco), “Portrait of a Man, ” Oil on panel, 1506, 11 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, The San Diego Museum of Art, 1941.100 (Www.sdmart.org)

 

This portrait has haunted/dogged me for 23 almost 24 years.  I began researching this as a young curator and now as a seasoned (salt, pepper, and lots of butter) museum professional I have finally published my thoughts on a knotty problem.  You can read my thoughts in an article with the unwieldy title coming up) “Unvarnished Reflections: Giorgione’s Portrait of a Man (Terris Portrait) in the San Diego Museum of Art, the Quest for Cultural Authority, and the Ethics of Authenticity in American Museums.”  Said article appears in a new volume “Renaissance Studies: A Festschrift in Honor of Professor Edward J. Olszewski.” (Edited by Jennifer H. Finkel, Michael D. Morford, and Dena M. Woodall. 

Don’t think this will ever be a bestseller but at least I am finally in print and on the record.  Yay.

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